100 Canadian Heroines by Merna Forster

By Merna Forster

This inspiring assortment profiles outstanding girls ― heroines in technology, activity, preaching and instructing, politics, conflict and peace, arts and leisure, and mor

In a hundred Canadian Heroines you’ll meet amazing ladies in technology, recreation, preaching and educating, politics, struggle and peace, arts and leisure, and so on. The publication is stuffed with outstanding proof and engaging minutiae approximately interesting figures. notice many of the many heroines Canada may be pleased with. learn the way we’re remembering them. Or no longer!

Augmented by means of nice rates and images, this inspiring assortment profiles striking ladies ― heroines in technology, game, preaching and educating, politics, warfare and peace, arts and leisure, and extra. Profiles comprise mountaineer Phyllis Munday, activist cover Shimizu, unionist Lea Roback, and film multi-millionaire Mary Pickford.

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Strassmann also noted that the vagina and cervix do not bleed even though they have a higher pathogen load than the uterus. In addition, only mammals menstruate. Why not insects, reptiles, birds—all of which experience internal fertilization and presumably are susceptible to infection? Accordingly, maybe menstruation isn’t a pathogen defense, but a consequence of the fact that the endometrium becomes highly vascularized in preparation for implantation. Supporting this view, Strassmann pointed to the Transvaal elephant shrew, a small, strange mammal that clearly menstruates, but in which bleeding occurs only from the small part of the uterus at which implantation actually occurs.

Insofar as female-female competition might be disadvantageous to a young woman just emerging into reproductive competence, natural selection would presumably have disfavored those who announced—to other women—that they are henceforth available for breeding and therefore are suitable targets to be attacked, intimidated, or otherwise competitively suppressed. Such signaling would therefore as likely be a detriment as an asset to a woman’s biological success, especially considering that the supposed signaler is necessarily young and thus particularly vulnerable.

Evolutionary logic has pointed out similar dilemmas—for example, what to do about fever. The traditional, nonevolutionary view is that raised body temperature is a symptom of inflammation or infection and therefore something that should be counteracted. In at least some cases, however, fever is part of the body’s defense against invaders, as shown by the fact that certain pathogens have a harder time dealing with raised temperature. indd 27 2/24/09 7:46:29 PM w h y m e n s t r uat e ? the body’s efforts to fight disease.

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