Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry discussed women's equality in a first-person essay about his daughters for the Players' Tribune.
On Sunday, Curry wrote of his daughters Riley and Ryan:
"I want our girls to grow up knowing that there are no boundaries that can be placed on their futures, period. 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.
"And of course: paid equally."
The fight for women's equality has become more personal and real to Curry, he wrote.
Studies have shown women make less on average than men for the same job, and Curry laid out the importance of finding a way to close that gap:
"And I think it's important that we all come together to figure out how we can make that possible, as soon as possible. Not just as 'fathers of daughters,' or for those sorts of reasons. And not just on Women's Equality Day. Every day—that's when we need to be working to close the pay gap in this country. Because every day is when the pay gap is affecting women. And 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 and his wife, Ayesha, welcomed their first son, Canon, earlier this year. Curry wrote teaching his son to be a champion of women's rights will be one of the most important values he instills:
"I think you tell him the same thing that we told those girls last week at our camp: Be yourself. Be good, and try to be great—but always be yourself.
"I think you teach him to always stay listening to women, to always stay believing in women, and—when it comes to anyone's expectations for women—to always stay challenging the idea of what's right.
"And I think you let him know that, for his generation, to be a true supporter of women's equality—it's not enough anymore to be learning about it.
"You have to be doing it."
Curry hosted a girls basketball camp last week and said he plans to make it an annual occasion.