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Alex Morgan continues fight for gender equity with new foundation

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Alex Morgan has pushed for gender equity as a member of the U.S. women’s national team and as a star in the NWSL.

The 33-year-old striker wants to continue to fight for change with her newest venture, the Alex Morgan Foundation.

“Throughout my career, I’ve fought for equal pay and safe, supportive work environments in women’s soccer to inspire chance on a systemic level,” Morgan wrote in a social media post Tuesday. “Now, I’m excited to keep fighting on behalf of girls and women as we launch the Alex Morgan Foundation.

Morgan plans to support girls and women both in and outside of the world of soccer. The foundation’s website lists equity in sports, opportunities for girls and support for moms as three main pillars of its mission.

To accomplish this, the Alex Morgan Foundation will invest in community programs committed to those causes, including Let’s Go South Bay!, an organization to support girls’ recreational soccer in San Diego’s South Bay communities, and Casa Familiar’s Promotora program, which focuses on developing and supporting community advocates, many of whom are mothers.

The star striker’s own commitment to gender equity has served as a throughline in her soccer career.

She joined with a group of USWNT players in filing a gender discrimination lawsuit against U.S. Soccer in 2019, which culminated in a $24 million settlement with the national federation and a landmark collective bargaining agreement guaranteeing equal pay for the women’s and men’s national teams.

Morgan also helped her then-Portland Thorns teammate Mana Shim file a sexual harassment complaint against their coach Paul Riley, which eventually led to the uncovering of widespread abuse across the NWSL.

Now the USWNT and San Diego Wave striker wants to make an even broader impact.

“Be it on the field or off, at home or in the community, I hope you’ll join us in our unwavering pursuit of a more empowered and equitable future everywhere,” Morgan wrote.