by Marena Gibson
The menstrual cycle is the natural, monthly series of changes a woman's body undergoes to prepare for a potential pregnancy, and therefore the most important biological process for reproduction and survival of the human race.
Every month, a woman’s uterus builds up a lining of blood and tissue, known as the endometrium, which prepares the body for pregnancy. If a woman becomes pregnant, the fertilized egg will implant itself within this uterine lining, and gestation (pregnancy) begins. During pregnancy, women do not get their periods.
If a woman doesn’t become pregnant, the lining will shed from the walls of the uterus and exit through the vagina. This happens for 3-5 days a month, and is called menstruation, but is more commonly referred to as “having your period.” A period is the 3-5 days during which this shedding process occurs.
by Marena Gibson
Environmental health is a field of science that studies how a person’s surrounding environment influences their health. So when someone needs to see an environmental health professional, and/or is suffering from an environment-related ailment, it means that their environment is negatively affecting their health. With that being said, an environment could also have a positive effect on someone’s health as well.
However, it’s not an all-or-nothing idea. Environmental health is a field relative to human health, and exists on a spectrum. Consequently, the intensity of these environment-related health effects, whether they are good or bad, range from high to low and everything between.
In general, women are more likely than men to suffer from changes in the environment. There is no simple explanation for the phenomenon, but the dynamic, perpetual relationship between society and environment may be a vital piece to the puzzle.
by Marena Gibson
Lisa P. Jackson
Lisa P. Jackson currently works as Apple’s vice president of Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives, where she oversees the efforts to minimize the company’s impact on the environment. One of her most notable achievements is that in 2009, she became the first African-American woman to serve as the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She was appointed by Obama, and continued her service until 2013.
Jackson pledged to address seven priorities during her time in office:
An important aspect of her mission was to focus on vulnerable groups including children, the elderly, and low-income communities that are particularly susceptible to environmental and health threats.
Since Jackson was a child in New Orleans, she excelled in the STEM field. She began college with the intention of studying chemical engineering during her undergraduate years before moving onto medical school, but ultimately decided to only pursue chemical engineering; she attributes this decision to the Love Canal disaster in the 1970s, which was making national headlines at the time.
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