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Nadya Okamoto: Dismantling the Stigma and Negative Connotations of Menstruation

October 6, 2021

A social entrepreneur, speaker, author and activist, Nadya Okamoto is a fierce advocate for destigmatizing periods and mental health. At the age of 16, Nadya founded PERIOD (period.org), a non profit organization fighting to end period poverty and stigma.

At age 19, Nadya was the youngest candidate in the race for a seat for Cambridge City Council, focusing her campaign on issues of affordable housing, education equity, and climate change.

In 2017, Nadya was named as one of Teen Vogue's 21 Under 21. She was awarded the L'Oréal Women of Worth award at the annual Glamour Women of the Year ceremony in November 2019.

In 2020, Nadya co-founded August, a lifestyle period brand with Nick Jain, the founder of JUV Consulting. The brand also built Ask August, a "judgement-free platform" that "makes it easier for Generation Z to navigate the process of menstruation."

Author of, "Period Power: A Manifesto for the Menstrual Movement," Nadya was featured in multiple high-profile media interviews, landing on Forbes' 30 Under 30 list as well as others — that, amid the whirlwind, she did not realize she was "monopolizing" the movement.

 

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