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    Forum discusses helping women enter world of business

    An auditorium full of plush, red velvet seats, were filled by a veritable sea of suited women with only two men in sight, besides the bow-tied cameraman. Turning weakness into strength and fear into confidence was the message of the Eighth Annual CUNY Women in Leadership Conference hosted at Hunter College on Oct 26. The event’s agenda, according to President Marcia Keizs of York College, examined career choices and challenges through the female perspective. Female city council and state assembly members, along with women working in the business world, were invited to share their experiences and knowledge. “There’s going to be naysayers but you have to turn these challenges into…

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    College women can impact upcoming election

    Imagine a Queens College campus where only a third of the students wore slacks — a campus where women were only allowed to wear dresses or skirts with a modest blouse or sweater. This was the dress code in practice when Margaret Kiely — QC’s first dean — was in office as acting president, from 1947 to 1949. The second official female president was Shirley Strum Kenny, who served in office from 1985 to 1994 — nearly 40 years after Kiely. “As college students and young adults, I don’t think that we should be told what to wear to school,” QC freshman, Michele Jackson said. Young college women have come…

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    Raising awareness about sexual assaults; changing lives

    Trelles Delandro said she has been terrified of being raped since she was 10 years old. The 14-year-old New Orleans native is accustomed to unwanted attention from men as she walks down the street and is surprised that her young age does not faze them. Black and white images of her appeared on the projector as she discussed the rape of her cousin at the hands of a home intruder, an incident that instilled fear in her. “Ever since then I’ve really been afraid. I’m always thinking, ‘is someone going to try and harm me? Is someone going to follow me? Is someone going to say something?’” she said. “If…

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    GEMS founder honored for anti-human trafficking efforts

    Rachel Lloyd was not an average teenager. At the age of 13, she dropped out of school in England. At 14, she began stripping and by 17, Lloyd was recruited by a pimp and began working in the sex industry. During her two years working as a prostitute, she was raped, beaten and attempted suicide three times. “I knew something had to change; I needed a change,” Lloyd said. After suffering a violent assault from her pimp, Lloyd immigrated to the United States at 19 and settled in New York City. She began working with adult women who were coming out of the sex industry as well as young girls…

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    Seven panelists meet to discuss ‘Reproductive Justice’

    Pictures of a pale woman, handcuffed, wearing an orange jumpsuit and being led by a uniformed guard were shown on the projector. The woman, Bei Bei Shuai, is held without bail in the state of Indiana after attempting to commit suicide. While pregnant, Shuai was overcome with a severe bout of depression and decided to end her life by taking rat poison. Her friends rushed her to the hospital and her baby was delivered via caesarean, eight days after she had taken the poison. However, the child died due to complications of a cerebral hemorrhage four days later. She is now being tried for what the prosecutor called, “attempted feticide…