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Alex Morgan (L) celebrates with teammates including Megan Rapinoe holding the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, following their win over the Netherlands in Lyon, France. Photo: NurPhoto/Contributor via Getty Images

The U.S. women's soccer team has reached an agreement on working conditions in their gender-discrimination lawsuit, the U.S. Soccer Federation announced Tuesday.

Why it matters: The agreement clears the way for the USWNT to appeal a judge's ruling last May against the world champions on equal pay returns.

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What they're saying: "We are pleased that the USWNT players have fought for–and achieved–long overdue equal working conditions," said Molly Levinson, a spokesperson for the players.

  • "We now intend to file our appeal to the court's decision, which does not account for the central fact in this case that women players have been paid at lesser rates than men who do the same job."

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Fighting COVID-19's effects on gender equality

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Women around the world have borne a disproportionate brunt of the social and economic effects of COVID-19.

Why it matters: Women in the U.S. and around the world already faced an unequal playing field before the pandemic. As countries prepare for the post-COVID-19 world, they need to take special care to ensure the virus doesn't permanently set back the cause of gender equality.

SEC debunks conspiracy theories about meme stock mania

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The SEC issued its long-awaited report on the meme stock mania, which downplayed the narrative that a "short squeeze" was the primary driver behind GameStop's historic stock moves — and shot down conspiracy theories about the event.

Why it matters: The postmortem was highly anticipated, largely because of what it could hint about what the regulator thinks should be done in wake of the saga. But the report stopped short of specific policy recommendations.

Breaking Biden's diplomatic logjam

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The logjam for reviewing and confirming President Biden's ambassadorial picks is finally starting to break.

Why it matters: Biden is far behind his predecessors in the rate at which his ambassadorial picks have been confirmed. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a series of high-profile hearings and votes this week to finally begin chipping away at the backlog.