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Chelsea-Lyn Rudder
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Chelsea-Lyn Rudder is an author, communications specialist, journalist and blogger based in New York City. Her work has appeared on the Huffington Post, The Grio, and several other local publications. With a background in government and politics, she has worked for the New York City Council and on the campaigns of several elected officials. In 2009, she was named one of “The Most Beautiful People in NYC Politics” by City Hall Newspaper (now known as City and State). She is a member of the WNET, Channel Thirteen, Community Advisory Board and is an appointee to the Board of Trustees Education Committee the for the local PBS affiliate. She holds an M.S. in Global Affairs from New York University and a B.A. in Communications and Political Science from Pace University. Miss Rudder is a native of Rochester Hills, Michigan, and is a former Miss Michigan Teen USA.

Her first book Ladylike Lessons: A Guide to Feminine Empowerment, Elegance and Etiquette, is available on .

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Entries by Chelsea-Lyn Rudder

TobacNo! Surgeons General and Teens Unite for a Tobacco-Free Generation

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 11:20 AM

Last week, the Food and Drug Administration released its first youth-oriented anti-tobacco campaign. Unlike previous campaigns, "The Real Cost" does not feature images of smoking-related illnesses, such as cancer and emphysema. In an effort to put a new twist on prevention, "The Real Cost" will attempt to appeal...

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Move Over Celebutantes and Twerkers, It's Time for a Ladylike Revolution

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 3:35 PM

Have you heard about the latest YouTube craze, subwoofer orgasm videos? Why bother with twerking and other provocative dance videos when girls are willing to cut through the pretense and just have a stereo-inspired orgasm right in front of your eyes? In the words of Alicia Silverstone's Cher...

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2013 Strong Women Strong World Luncheon, A Time to Reflect and Act

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 9:49 PM

"As long as women are bound by poverty and as long as they are looked down upon, human rights will lack substance. As long as outmoded ways of thinking prevent women from making a meaningful contribution to society, progress will be slow. As long as the nation refuses to acknowledge...
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2012 World Vision Strong Women Strong World Luncheon: A Woman's Right to Personal Hygiene

(0) Comments | Posted December 7, 2012 | 3:34 PM

"We shall not finally defeat AIDS...or any other infectious disease that plagues the developing world until we have also won the battle for safe drinking water, sanitation and basic health care." -- Kofi Annan, United Nations Secretary-General 1997-2006

In the developed world, easy and reliable access to clean water...

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Lessons In Micro-lending At World Vision's Women's Prayer Breakfast

(1) Comments | Posted December 7, 2011 | 3:58 PM

The quote -- "Give a man a fish, he'll eat for a day. Give a woman micro-credit, she, her husband, her children and her extended family will eat for a lifetime" -- has been attributed to Bono, the humanitarian and rock star of U2 fame.

Micro-credit programs, which encourage...

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Irene and the Ex Future Mother In-Law

(7) Comments | Posted August 31, 2011 | 5:31 PM

I spent the weekend with my ex-boyfriend's mother at her home in Brooklyn. To some the preceding sentence may appear to describe the type of torture that is strictly prohibited by the Geneva Convention. I assure you, it was not as awkward as it sounds, in fact, I...

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"So Many Girls! So Little Time!": Behind the Facade of Sex Tourism

(26) Comments | Posted December 13, 2010 | 12:04 PM

On Dec. 3, Douglas Allen, a Poughkeepsie, New York travel agent, was arrested for promoting prostitution. Allen's arrest was not another example of a local businessman's dirty laundry finding the light of day. Unlike many others who face prostitution charges, Allen made little effort to conceal his activities....

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Combating Human Trafficking with Social Business

(8) Comments | Posted December 1, 2010 | 12:33 PM

Americans typically view slavery as a disturbing relic from the past. The antebellum south and even activity north of the Mason Dixon line is looked upon as a historical period; which will not be repeated due to changes in laws and culture. Chattel slavery may have been abolished in 1865,...

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Deception in Advertising: Local Sex Ads and Human Trafficking Victims

(6) Comments | Posted December 1, 2010 | 12:22 PM

In the fall of 2005, the New York Historical Society debuted "Slavery in New York," an exhibit on New York's often forgotten history of legalized slavery. Slavery was officially abolished in New York in 1827; unfortunately evidence suggests that contemporary forms of slavery continue to persist in the...

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Sex for Sale: Legalized Prostitution Hurts Human Trafficking Victims

(37) Comments | Posted October 20, 2010 | 4:43 PM

Political theater was at its finest on October 18, when a slew of third party candidates joined Democratic nominee, Andrew Cuomo and Republican nominee, Carl Paladino for what might be New York State's only gubernatorial debate this campaign season. Former Manhattan madam, Kristen Davis, contributed to...

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Real Life and Reality Stars Converge to Stop Child Trafficking

(2) Comments | Posted October 11, 2010 | 11:44 AM

A picturesque fall morning, Saturday October 9th, played host to this year's Stop Child Trafficking Now fundraising walk.

The sunny weather provided an optimistic backdrop for the grass roots crowd and celebrity ambassadors. Actor Stephen Baldwin and reality star Caroline Manzo kicked off the walk in midtown...

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The Time is Ripe, Let's End Contemporary Slavery

(7) Comments | Posted October 5, 2010 | 4:20 PM

Upon her passing earlier this year, I was reminded of this statement by Dorothy Height, former President of the National Council of Negro Women. "If the time is not ripe, we must ripen the times." Less well-known than many of her contemporaries, Height's contributions to the American civil...

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The Responsibilities of Being Young, Beautiful and HIV Positive: HIV Allegations Place Pop Star on Trial

(17) Comments | Posted August 23, 2010 | 5:38 PM

Singer, Nadja Benaissa, was put on trial in Germany last week for grievous bodily harm and attempted bodily harm. Benaissa, 28, achieved stardom in Germany in the early 2000's when she won a place, via a reality television show, in a girl band called No Angels.

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Disappointed, But Not Surprised: What One Downtowner Thinks About the Reaction to Cordoba House

(32) Comments | Posted May 17, 2010 | 4:23 PM

 On May 11th, I received a Google alert about a poorly written article entitled ""Community Board 1 and The Cordoba Mosque." The article accurately listed my name as a member of the Financial District Committee of Manhattan's Community Board 1. I am hesitant to out myself as the...

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Nigerians Ask, "Where Are You, Mr. President?" at Midtown Consulate

(1) Comments | Posted January 25, 2010 | 10:38 AM

On Friday, a group of Nigerian expatriates gathered outside of the Nigerian Consulate in Midtown to protest the absence of the country's ill president.

In late November of 2009 President Umaru Yar'Adua went to Saudia Arabia for medical treatment. Reports indicate that Mr. Yar'Adua suffers from a kidney ailment and...

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Will South Africa's ANC Remain Unconquered?

(10) Comments | Posted January 12, 2010 | 4:46 PM

Over the holidays I went to see Clint Eastwood's Invictus, an amalgamation of a sports story and a political drama. Like most Americans, I know little about rugby but I have a strong appreciation for the common ground that can be found through athletics. The film received mixed reviews...

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Sexism Masquerades Behind a Mini Skirt

(2) Comments | Posted November 10, 2009 | 6:23 PM

On October 22nd Brazilian college student, Geisy Arruda, attracted more attention than she bargained for when she made a trip to the restroom, and a spontaneous student protest erupted. How did the 20-year-old, who studies tourism at Bandeirante University in Sao Bernardo do Campo, incite her fellow classmates into...

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Rio Wins! Good News for the Global South

(1) Comments | Posted October 6, 2009 | 10:59 AM

On Friday, October 2 Rio de Janeiro sambaed its way into the hearts of the International Olympic Committee, and secured the well-deserved opportunity to host the 2016 Summer Olympics. Dashing the hopes of pitch teams from Madrid, Tokyo and our own Chicago, Rio made history and will be the first...

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My Super Great Greek Boyfriend

(4) Comments | Posted August 31, 2009 | 3:55 PM

What was I doing in a Greek "disco" listening to a Swedish band cover the hits of the 80's, 90's and today? As I was singing along to Bon Jovi's It's My Life (performed with a slight Swedish accent), I realized that I was having one of those vacation...

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Farewell Ms. Wasilla

(88) Comments | Posted July 27, 2009 | 11:01 AM

Sarah Palin's conservative views would prevent me from voting for her, but at the same time, I am intrigued by her meteoric rise from small, frontier-town mayor to vice presidential candidate. The phenomenon that is Sarah Palin has struck a chord with a segment of the population. Her rise to...

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