Nadya Okamoto on Period Poverty and Menstrual Hygiene Day

This Menstrual Hygiene Day, get to know the woman who’s working to make period poverty and stigma a thing of the past.

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Here’s a name you need to know: Nadya Okamoto, the author and advocate for period equity, who founded PERIOD, the Menstrual Movement at just 16 years of age. She’s not only a Girls Are Awesome bestie and contributor, but she’s also a total period expert – so of course we had to pass her the mic as we celebrate Menstrual Hygiene Day this Friday!

For those of us who menstruate, it’s no secret that life can get a little turned upside-down during the week of our cycle. And that week took on a whole new significance in Nadya’s early teens, when her family experienced homelessness. Not having access to period products or a restroom presented a series of revealing challenges to feeling “clean, capable and confident” that Nadya had never noticed before – and knew she needed to tell the world about.

She launched PERIOD, the Menstrual Movement, to raise awareness about the multitude of ways that period poverty, lack of access to period products and legislation like the Pink Tax all hold people who menstruate back from opportunities. And enough is enough!

We’re so glad she’s out there spreading the word through her activism and her book, Period Power: A Manifesto for the Menstrual Movement. To hear more from Nadya about her work and her mission, check out this awesome interview with Julisse Arce:

You can also listen online here:
“Why Are We So Scared To Talk About Periods?” – Julisse Arce’s Interview with Nadya Okamoto

Nadya’s message is clear: There’s lots to do if we want to truly end period stigma and poverty, and we need to keep the awareness up! That’s why days like Menstrual Hygiene Day are so important. Learn more about it here, and help spread the word:

Want to hear more from Nadya? We get it!
She’s a regular contributor to Girls Are Awesome – and one of our absolute besties! – with tons to share about mensuration and mental health, and even has her own series called AAPI Herstory! Check out her full catalogue here and find your next read or watch…
…and make sure to give her new podcast, Tigress, a listen!


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