Megan Rapinoe’s fight for equality

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Media captionMegan Rapinoe on racism in footballMegan Rapinoe is one of the biggest names in sport after leading the USA to victory at the Women’s Football World Cup this year.With her outstretched arms celebrating goal after goal, it’s fair to say that it will be remembered as her tournament.You could be fooled by the pink hair and big smile but Rapinoe is no pushover – even refusing US President Donald Trump’s invitation to the White House.She’s using her platform to lead the fight for equality in sport in terms of racism, gender and sexuality.

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Megan Rapinoe was one of the stars of the 2019 Women’s World Cup

I am chatting with Rapinoe’s girlfriend, Sue Bird – fellow Olympian and professional basketball player – when she comes bounding into the room at the San Francisco Chase Centre.Even if she didn’t have pink hair, you can’t miss her. She’s excited to see Sue and comes over to give her a kiss. Rapinoe is surprisingly small, a petite frame with a big smile. Her pink hair is styled in a quiff and she’s wearing a denim jacket and black leather studded-leggings. At 34 she’s by no means new to the game of football, but this summer her star has risen to new heights. “It’s a little strange going through most of my career and then at the end of it becoming this player,” she says.

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The striker was awarded the Golden Boot during the World Cup

Rapinoe finished the World Cup with six goals and three assists. The striker was awarded the Golden Ball, which g

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