Nadya Okamoto

School: Harvard College

Words to live by: I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change, I am changing the things that I cannot accept (quote from Angela Davis)

Menstruation revelation: During my freshman and sophomore years of high school, my family experienced what it was like to live without a home of our own. During this time I was constantly thinking about the balance and spectrum of privilege around me, and connecting with homeless women who were in much worse living situations than I was, and hearing how periods were one of their biggest challenges pushed me to realize how strongly I believed menstrual hygiene was a right, and not a privilege.

Menstruating since: 2010

Bio: Nadya Okamoto, who grew up in Portland, OR, is 20-years-old Harvard student. She is the Founder and Executive Director of PERIOD, an organization she founded at the age of 16. In 2017, Nadya ran for office in Cambridge, MA. While she did not win, her campaign team made historic waves in mobilizing young people on the ground and at polls. Nadya recently signed with publisher Simon and Schuster to write a book to mobilize the Menstrual Movement (out now!) — Period Power: A Manifesto for the Menstrual Movement is OUT NOW!


Nadya is a leading speaker about The Menstrual Movement, the power of Generation Z and youth activism, and overcoming adversity (and how she turned her experiences into a platform for advocacy). She is currently on leave from Harvard College to focus on scaling PERIOD, and accepting more speaking engagements. If you are interested in having Nadya at your organization or event, please contact See below for RECENT ENGAGEMENTS, NOTABLE PRESS FEATURES, AND WRITTEN WORK. Click bold text for links to speech videos, press features, and written articles. 

Recent Engagements

Recent Press Features