social entrepreneur, activist, author.
"Anybody want to talk periods with me?"
Nadya Okamoto, is a 22-year-old student, but more importantly, she is the Founder and former Executive Director of PERIOD, a youth-led organization that distributes menstrual products to people in need and fights to end period poverty and stigma, all of which she founded at the age of 16. As of April 6, 2020, PERIOD has served over 1 million periods for people in need. Nadya recently published her first book, Period Power: A Manifesto for the Menstrual Movement, which has been widely recognized nationally.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START PERIOD?
I founded PERIOD at the age of sixteen after having conversations with homeless women and collecting an anthology of stories of their use of toilet paper, socks, brown paper grocery bags, cardboard, and more, to take care of something so natural. At the time, my goal was to serve 20 periods a week for homeless women in Portland, Oregon. Now, PERIOD is one of the largest youth-powered NGOs in the country and, since 2014, we have addressed over 1,000,000 periods and registered over 700 campus chapters in all 50 US states and in over 30 countries!!
You really have to go for it. If there is something you want to do, do it! It doesn’t matter if you don’t know what you’re doing or you don’t have the resources. Find your people, find a mentor, and ask questions!