NBA star Steph Curry is known for being a feminist dad. The Golden State Warriors player has been an outspoken advocate for women, even penning an essay about women’s equality on Father’s Day. So when one young basketball player noticed that Curry’s sneakers didn’t come in girls’ sizes, she was understandably disappointed and decided to take matters into her own hands. Teen Vogue reports that 9-year-old Riley Morrison wrote Curry a letter—which Vox Media host Liz Plank later shared on Twitter.
In her note—addressed to Curry—Morrison explained that she and her dad often go to Golden State Warriors games. She wrote that she’d asked her dad for a pair of Curry 5s for her new basketball season, but soon discovered that Under Armour was specifically marketing the shoes to boys—”even to customize.” She pointed out that Curry is known to support female athletes and has even hosted a basketball camp for girls.
Under Armour technically referred to the Curry 5s for boys as “kid’s basketball shoes” on its website, but the line of shoes was only listed under the boys’ section. Given that the brand is responsible for marketing and selling the shoes, Curry probably had little to do with how they were categorized. However, it looks like he—and Under Armour—took notice. As of today, November 29th, the Curry 5s are listed under both the boys and girls section of the site. And Curry responded to Morrison directly via Twitter.
We’re so incredibly proud of Riley for speaking up for what she believed in. You made an impact, girl!