Girl sends message to sporting goods store about lack of females in catalog

McKenna Peterson

PHOENIX, AZ (KPNX/CNN) — A 12-year-old girl’s passionate letter to a sporting goods store is making the rounds on Twitter this weekend.

“I am writing about the matter that there are no girls in the catalog. I think that girls should be treated as equally as boys are treated,” McKenna Peterson said.tweet

McKenna is reading the letter she sent to Dick’s Sporting Goods.

“There are no girls in the catalog. Oh wait, sorry, there IS a girl in the catalog. On page six, sitting in the stands,” McKenna said.

As a basketball player and a fan, the lack of women sends the wrong message.

“We’re not seen as good enough to be on the floor, on the court playing,” McKenna said.

Girls like McKenna look up to successful women, and the days of omission should be long gone.

“We get to run for government. We get to vote. We get to drive. We’re able to leave the house without a man being right behind us. And we get to go out in the world and make changes,” McKenna said.

And change may be coming. Her father, KPNX photojournalist Chris Peterson, tweeted out her letter, and it was retweeted more than 2,000 times. It quickly got the attention of Dick’s Sporting Goods.

McKenna got a call from a woman with the company.

“She said she’ll work on it for next time, so there’s going to be more girls in the catalog,” McKenna said.

The woman said she’ll keep in touch with McKenna. Most importantly, this 12-year-old just made some big waves for all young women.

“Girls should keep in their mind, ‘I can do anything. I can be a famous basketball player. I can be a star reporter. I can do anything,'” McKenna said.


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