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Arguably, Monday’s are the roughest day of the week. One way to beat the Monday blues is by raising up women athletes. Last week, we brought you some athletes from the Women’s Sports Foundation.

Today, NCWO brings you some photos from the USA Women’s Rugby National Team. Prepare to be inspired, energized and ready to tackle the week ahead! 

We got these pictures from the USA Rugby facebook group. Click “Source” above each picture to link to the facebook and get more information. 

Photo: Travis Prior, Source

Photo: Travis Prior, Source 

 Photo: Travis Prior, Source

It’s a Monday, and summer is officially, without a doubt, over. Maybe you need a little pick-me-up, a little inspiration… NCWO is here to help. 

Today, we’re highlighting some inspiring athletes from the Women’s Sports Foundation.

Be sure to click their names to read their profiles on the WSF website. The photos are from the WSF website.  

1) Gail Devers 


2) Amanda Beard 


3) Angela Hucles


Happy Labor Day!

Of all violent crimes in the United States, rape has the lowest reporting, arrest and prosecution rates. According to FBI crime data, rape has a 24% arrest rate - the lowest in nearly 40 years of tracking such information. This means that a rape victim has a one in five chance of seeing the perpetrator brought to justice. It also means that a rapist has a 76% chance of getting away with the crime.

Any Law & Order, Special Victims Unit fan knows that Detective Olivia Benson (played by Mariska Hargitay) is committed to advocating for survivors of sexual assault and rape. Since 1999 her passionate character has successfully arrested countless rapists, and counseled many survivors. Now, Hargitay is demonstrating that commitment off screen.

In a column for the Huffington Post, Hargitay addresses the backlog of untested rape kits in our country,

"Simply put, the backlog allows rapists to get away with their crimes and, in many cases, to rape again. We cannot know the exact size of the backlog because few jurisdictions count or track their untested kits, but the federal government estimates that there are hundreds of thousands of untested rape kits in police and crime lab storage facilities throughout the United States." 

To help bring the issue of untested rape kits to public attention, Hargitay has announced that she is working on a documentary film on the topic.   

We found this photo HERE 

For many of us, sexual harassment in public spaces is not a foreign concept. If this happens on the Washington Metro system, it’s best to call the Metro Transit Police directly: 202-962-2121.

Collective Action for Safe Spaces is doing a lot to combat sexual harassment in DC. In a recent posting on their website, one person shares their experience of reporting sexual harassment in the metro system. It’s a good read: 

"What I Learned From Reporting Sexual Harassment on Metro"