How Nadya Okamoto of PERIOD and August Spends Her Sundays

How an Advocate for Menstrual Equity Spends Her Sundays

Sep 16, 2023 by NYT > New York

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  • New York|How an Advocate for Menstrual Equity Spends Her Sundays https://www.nytimes.com/2023/09/16/nyregion/nadya-okamoto-august-period.html Advertisement SKIP ADVERTISEMENT HOW AN ADVOCATE FOR MENSTRUAL EQUITY SPENDS HER SUNDAYS After founding a nonprofit organization to end “period poverty,” and then a Gen Z menstrual-products company, Nadya Okamoto has learned the value of slowing down.
  • Credit...Janice Chung for The New York Times As a teenager in Portland, Ore., Nadya Okamoto remembers speaking with homeless women near her local bus stop about a little-discussed subject.
  • She did research and discovered a host of problems: the “tampon tax,” school absenteeism, and the fact that food stamps did not cover menstrual products in many states.
  • At age 16 she founded PERIOD, a nonprofit organization working to end “period poverty” and stigma through policy advocacy and by directly distributing menstrual products.

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