Jocelyn Elders, Fragrance – Lavender
This is a woman who helped all women progress! She was the first person in Arkansas to become board certified in pediatric endocrinology. She was the first African American to head the U.S. Public Health Service and served as Surgeon General of the United States from 1993 to 1994. All this and much more from a woman who was the eldest of eight children and worked in cotton fields from age 5, walked 13 miles to school and missed school often during harvest time – September to December.
She scrubbed floors to pay her tuition and started out at Philander smith College in Little Rock. After college she joined the army and after discharge she used the G.I. Bill to continue her dreams of Medical school.
Jocelyn worked with research in pediatric endocrinology and that led to exploring problems of growth and juvenile diabetes. That in turn led to her study of sexual behavior and her advocacy on behalf of adolescents. She helped patients control their fertility to save lives of those who got pregnant to early with diabetes.
Gov. Bill Clinton appointed Jocelyn Elders head of the Arkansas Department of Health in 1987. She wanted to expand sex education, substance-abuse, and start programs to promote self-esteem. During her appointed time, she saw a doubling of childhood immunizations, expanded prenatal care program and increased home care options for the chronically or terminally ill.
President Clinton appointed her US Surgeon General. Her progressive sexual policies came at a difficult time as President Clinton was having sexual problems of his own….
When I read that Jocelyn Elders wanted to teach all types sexuality, including healthy habits in masturbation, I was hooked! I believe teenagers should feel good about their body and know how it works!
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