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Nadya Okamoto        

Social Entrepreneur, Branding Expert & Founder of PERIOD

Nadya Okamoto founded PERIOD when she was 16-years-old, inspired by her family’s own experience with housing instability. Under her leadership as Executive Director for five years, PERIOD addressed over 1.5 million periods and registered over 800 campus chapters in all 50 states and 50 other countries. In early 2020, Okamoto co-founded August, a lifestyle brand working to reimagine periods.

She is now a Harvard College graduate. Okamoto recently published her debut book, "Period Power: A Manifesto for the Menstrual Movement" with publisher Simon & Schuster, which made the Kirkus Reviews list for Best Young Adult Nonfiction of 2018. For her leadership of PERIOD, she is included in the latest cohorts of Forbes 30 under 30, Bloomberg 50 “Ones to Watch” and People Magazine's Women Changing the World.

In 2017, Okamoto ran for public office in Cambridge, MA at age 19 — becoming the youngest Asian American to run in US history. In 2018, Nadya published her debut book, "Period Power: A Manifesto for the Menstrual Movement," which made the Kirkus Reviews list for Best Young Adult Nonfiction of 2018. Nadya is also the former Chief Brand Officer and current Board Member of JUV Consulting, a Generation Z marketing agency based in NYC. She has been recognized on the lists of Forbes 30 under 30, Bloomberg 50 “Ones to Watch” and People Magazine's Women Changing the World.

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Nadya Okamoto on Erasing Stigma and Finding Balance

The full-time Harvard student, founder, and published author had to learn things the hard way while working to uproot the taboos around women discussing their periods

Interview With Nadya Okamoto, Founder and Executive Director of PERIOD

The Menstrual Movement – or the movement to end period poverty stigma – is alive and well in 2020. And 21-year-old Nadya Okamoto is a big part of that. Okamoto is the Founder and Executive Director of PERIOD, an organization that employs service, education, and advocacy to spread the message that menstrual hygiene is a right, not a privilege and to call for global accessibility of menstrual products.

How one woman is trying to end period stigma and the “tampon tax”

Nadya Okamoto is not afraid to talk about periods. In fact, she is so adamant that other people not be afraid to talk about them that she named her not-for-profit organization PERIOD, in all capital letters. She launched it in 2014 when she was 16 years old; its mission is to provide period products for those in need, advocate for the repeal of sales tax on tampons and pads (the so-called “tampon tax”), and educate people about menstruation.

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