The menstrual cycle is how a woman's body prepares for the possibility of pregnancy each month. A menstrual period is just one part of this cycle. A cycle's length is determined by counting from the first day of one period to the first day of the next period. The average menstrual cycle is 28 days long. However, a cycle can range anywhere from 23 to 35 days.
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Period poverty—the inability to afford or access menstrual supplies—isn’t just a women’s issue, according to London teen and activist Amika George. It’s a human rights and education issue, and it’s one that the U.K. government has a legal obligation to address. George’s new campaign, launched this week, aims to make it so they do just that. Just over a year ago, George helped lead two thousand protesters in a rally in front of the prime minister’s residence. Their grievance: the lack of free period products in schools leads to as many as one in ten girls skipping school regularly in the U.K., according to Plan International UK.
Her accompanying petition garnered nearly 200,000 signatures, but George is just getting started.
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6/5/2020 0 Comments
"A massive Black Lives Matter protest held in Nashville this week was organized by six teenaged girls who met online and wanted to honor the memory of George Floyd, The Tennessean reports.
Jade Fuller, Nya Collins, Zee Thomas, Kennedy Green and Emma Rose Smith range from 14 to 16 years old and bonded on Twitter over their outrage about Floyd, who died last week while in the custody of Minneapolis police."
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"A few years back, a Black girl joined my classroom of mostly white two-year-olds halfway through the school year. Living in mostly-white Portland, meeting her was the first direct experience many of them had with someone who didn’t look like them. One child asked if her skin was dirty. Another child told her she couldn’t be Elsa, she could only be Moana.I’ve gotten a lot of responses from parents asking why we need to teach anti-racism. Why can’t we just teach children to be kind and inclusive? This is why. Anti-racism recognizes that racist beliefs have permeated our culture and created systemic problems. Rather than just talking about it, anti-racism asks that we actively work against it."
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"When Sandy Asirvatham’s 17-year-old son, Miles Donovan, expressed interest in attending a protest this week near their downtown Baltimore home, she appreciated that he wanted to demonstrate solidarity with those who are outraged over the death of George Floyd. But just hours before it started, she began to worry."
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"Veteran organizers, like Nupol Kiazolu, the 19-year-old president of Black Lives Matter of Greater New York, are familiar with the ebbs and flows of a protest. She stood nose-to-nose with Nazis in Charlottesville. She’s fled law enforcement with rifle sights set on her chest. She knows it means risking her life, even before the COVID-19 pandemic ravaged the United States. But now she not only has to fear police and counterprotesters; the mere act of coming together to demonstrate poses just as much of a threat to protesters’ health and safety. And still, they gather."
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6/3/2020 0 Comments
"TikTok has been flooded with #blacklivesmatter content following the killing of George Floyd in police custody, and the subsequent protests that have rippled across the globe. Many Gen Z kids have found themselves clashing with parents over racial justice issues. Now, some are taking to TikTok to express their frustration over the difficult conversations they're having with parents and relatives to bring them up to speed on the Black Lives Matter movement."
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"🚨It's never too early to talk about race.🚨 "Adults often think they should avoid talking with young children about race or racism because doing so would cause them to notice race or make them racist. In fact, when adults are silent about race or use "colorblind" rhetoric, they actually reinforce racial prejudice in children. Starting at a very young age, children see patterns — who seems to live where; what kinds of homes they see as they ride or walk through different neighborhoods; who is the most desirable character in the movies they watch; who seems to have particular jobs or roles at the doctor's office, at school, at the grocery store; and so on — and try to assign "rules" to explain what they see. Adults' silence about these patterns and the structural racism that causes them, combined with the false but ubiquitous "American Dream" narrative that everyone can achieve anything that they want through hard work, results in children concluding that the patterns they see "must have been caused by meaningful inherent differences between groups." In other words, young children infer that the racial inequities they see are natural and justified. So despite good intentions, when we fail to talk openly with our children about racial inequity in our society, we are in fact contributing to the development of their racial biases, which studies show are already in place.” (Dr. Erin Winkler, 2017)
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"In the two years since Michael Brown was killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., there have been dozens of Black Lives Matter demonstrations in nearly every city in the country. But for many of the protesters who flooded the streets of downtown Manhattan Saturday night, this protest was their first."
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