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US Star Alex Morgan Wants To Use Her 'Platform To Stand For Gender Equality' Amid Equal Pay Battle

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US Star Alex Morgan Wants To Use Her 'Platform To Stand For Gender Equality' Amid Equal Pay Battle

US superstar Alex Morgan has vowed to use her platform to "stand for gender equality" amid the equal pay battle for female footballers.

The 32-year-old Orlando Pride striker has been a vocal champion in the ongoing battle for equal pay alongside US teammate Megan Rapinoe.

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The United States women's national team launched a lawsuit against US Soccer in their bid to secure equal pay alongside their male counterparts.

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However, the US women's team's lawsuit was dismissed by a court last May in a massive blow to their equal pay battle.

Rapinoe and Morgan have insisted that they would keep on fighting, with the aforementioned lawsuit previously seeking £52.8m ($66m) in damages under the Equal Pay Act.

Despite their lawsuit being rejected, the US women's team struck a partial deal in April which ensured them with professional support staff, hotel accommodations, charter flights and venue selection.

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Morgan, who will star for the US at this summer's Tokyo 2020, wants to do "something bigger than what I stand for on the field."

When asked what keeps her going in the sport, she told FIFA's official website: "There are a couple of reasons.

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"Loving the game is definitely a big one, but it also goes back to wanting to do something bigger than what I stand for on the field.

"I want to use my platform to stand for gender equality, for example. I also want to make my family proud, and I love that they get to travel the world with me.

"It's really unfortunate that they can't come here to Tokyo because they help give me confidence and inspire me.

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"This will be my first tournament without that support of my parents and my husband, and I'll miss it.

"But the basic enjoyment is still at the heart of it all, yeah. The moment I stop loving what I'm doing is the moment I'll walk away."

Morgan, who won a gold medal at the Summer Olympics in 2012, previously claimed that securing equal pay would ensure that her daughter would "not suffer what we suffered."

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The US women's team are in Group C at Tokyo 2020 alongside Sweden, Australia and New Zealand.

Vlatko Andonovski's women begin their campaign at the 2020 Summer Olympics against New Zealand on 24th July.

Featured Image Credit: US Soccer/PA

Topics: NWSL, 2020 Summer Olympics, Football, Alex Morgan, National Women's Soccer League, US

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