Eira Nylander

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Position: Programs Director

School: Reed College ‘18

Surprising fact: Between the ages of 14 and 18 I was an amateur classical boxer! Also, I was raised trilingual.

Interests: Qualitative sociology (especially on gender and sexuality), politics, dancing, baking, taking long walks, traveling, and spending quality time with friends and family.

Words to live by: "Feminist politics aims to end domination to free us to be who we are — to live lives where we love justice, where we can live in peace. Feminism is for everybody." - bell hooks

"You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." - Christopher Robin

Menstruation revelation: After having had my period for almost a decade and getting used to the terrible pains that came with it I found out that the cause of this pain was in part a massive ovarian cyst and not my period.

Not everyone bleeds the same. Some bleed a lot, some barely bleed at all. Some experience excruciating pain while others live with tremendous mood swings. Do not tell someone who's in pain to "carry on" or "it's just your period". Listen to them and validate their pain and experience.

Menstruating since: 2009