Last week, on Saturday, October 19th, women across the globe celebrated the first-ever National Period Day. Rallies were held in all 50 states, and millions of women came out in support of the cause - sharing the hashtag #nationalperiodday and #periodpower. The motive of these rallies was to raise awareness for period poverty, advocate for women who can not afford menstrual hygiene products, and demand that feminine products should not be taxed as "luxuries" any longer. As the movement caught storm - people all over the world wondered where it all started, and whom it started with. What many people don't know, is that it started with someone our age - that someone was Nadya Okamoto.
NADYA: Leader of a Revolution
At just 16 years old, Nadya Okamoto founded PERIOD - the largest youth-run Non-profit organization in the history of women's health. Nadya is an extremely instrumental leader in causes like The Menstrual Movement. She is a strong believer in the power of Gen Z and her work has always empowered young people and encourages the advancement of young people through overcoming adversity.
Over the course of her career, Nadya ran for office in Massachusets, mobilized young people to the polls, spoke at the 2018 and 2019 Teen Vogue Summits, hosted ted talks, was featured on allure, the Huffington Post, Teen Vogue, MTV, Oprah Magazine, In Style magazine, and published her debut book: Period Power: A Manifesto for the Menstrual Movement.
Her Story & Stories Like It...