Brazil forward Marta wants to use her record-breaking status to “push for more equality and women’s empowerment”.
The 33-year-old scored her 17th World Cup goal in a 1-0 win over Italy on Tuesday to become the all-time leading scorer at men’s or women’s finals.
“The feeling is a joyful one, not only for breaking the record but for being able to represent women in doing so,” she told BBC Sport.
Brazil’s win puts them through to the knockout stages in France.
Marta’s second-half penalty moved her ahead of Germany striker Miroslav Klose, who scored 16 goals.
“We are trying to represent women and show how women can play any type of role,” she said.
“All the teams here, we are all representing [women]. Let me be clear, this is not only in sport.
“This is a struggle for equality across the board.”
Her comments come during a tournament which has a total pot of £24m for prize money – double 2015’s figure.
But that is still a long way short of the total of £315m in prize money awarded at the 2018 men’s World Cup.
This summer’s winners will receive half the amount awarded to men’s teams who were eliminated in last summer’s group stage.T
Marta has now scored more than a quarter of all of her country’s Women’s World Cup goals.
The six-time world player of the year, who won the World Cup golden ball as top scorer at the 2007 tournament, has also been a runner-up in the annual global player awards five times.