"I Want Our Girls To Grow Up Knowing That There Are No Boundaries"

Stephen Curry is joining the ranks of celebrity fathers who believe that women should be given equal pay in the workforce. The Golden State Warriors player recently penned a powerful letter for The Player’s Tribune in which he addressed the notion of his daughters, Riley and Ryan, growing up in a world where women’s efforts are devalued when compared to that of a man’s work.


“I want our girls to grow up knowing that there are no boundaries that can be placed on their futures, period,” Stephen said in his letter. “I want them to grow up in a world where their gender does not feel like a rulebook for what they should think, or be, or do. And I want them to grow up believing that they can dream big, and strive for careers where they’ll be treated fairly.”

Of course, one cannot broach the subject of fairness in the American workforce without addressing the pay gap that leaves women earning about 80 percent of what men make for doing the same job. Such may explain why women were nearly seven times more likely to live in poverty in a 2015 study. Meanwhile, men were cited as being around four times more likely to suffer severe financial constraints in the same survey.

“Every day is when the pay gap is affecting women,” Stephen said in his letter. “Every day is when the pay gap is sending the wrong message to women about who they are, and how they’re valued, and what they can or cannot become.”

Curry noted that his oldest daughter, Riley, wanted to be just like her parents. The NBA star also presented the idea of Riley’s little brother having an advantage over her because of his gender. “I already know, just based on his gender alone, that Canon will probably have advantages in life that his sisters can only dream of. How do you make honest sense of that as a parent,” Mr. Curry asked.

Stephen and his wife, Ayesha Curry, are the proud parents of three children. Stay tuned for more celebrity family news!



Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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