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Condé Nast Entertainment, Billie Jean King and Little Monster Films to produce docuseries on fight for equality in women’s sports

Major project on women athletes marks 50th anniversary of the Original 9


Glamour and Condé Nast Entertainment, along with Billie Jean King and Little Monster Films, have joined forces to produce a trailblazing documentary series examining the influential characters and untold obstacles of female athletes past and present. When Billie Jean King and the Original 9 demanded equal pay to their male counterparts, it was a watershed moment not just for athletes, but for women everywhere. Now, half a century later, this docuseries will explore what has changed for women in the arena and on the court—and what hasn’t.

The multi-part series will be produced by Oscar winners Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin, with Billie Jean King narrating stories of pay inequities, motherhood, LGBTQ+ rights, and intersectionality and diversity in women’s sports. Additionally, some of the biggest names in women’s sports history will uncover some of the most outrageous controversies from years past, and explore the injustices still challenging athletes today.

We’ve made progress in pay equality in and out of sports, but there’s still so much more to do for future generations,” says Billie Jean King. “People have to invest in women—and I don’t mean just women investing in women, I mean everyone. I’m excited to partner with Glamour to bring these vital issues to a wider audience.

Glamour has been at the forefront of fighting for women’s equality since 1939—it is the unwavering core of our mission and the backbone to our storytelling,” says Glamour U.S. Editor-in-Chief Samantha Barry. “With Glamour’s long history of championing our female sporting heroes and demanding their equal remuneration, we are committing to our first ever long-form docuseries chronicling this historic fight. These are sportswomen, but they are also all women—and this incredible piece of storytelling has the power to reshape all our futures.

Jimmy and I have a long history of telling athletes’ stories, digging in to both their sport and a larger narrative of ambition, motivation, and risk,” says Chai Vasarhelyi of Little Monster Films. “We are passionate about spotlighting new and unheard voices among women athletes, and this series with Glamour and the legendary Billie Jean will capture those character-driven stories. On the court, we’re seeing more and more teams standing united in their activism. Now is the time for this project, as the relationship between our sports and our wider political conversations is at an all-time high.

Last month, Glamour published a special edition cover in celebration of the Original 9, featuring King. The feature was written by editors Mattie Kahn and Macaela Mackenzie, with photos by Celeste Sloman and creative direction by Helen Pearson.

The project is represented by WME.

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