Nadya Okamoto

School: Harvard College

Interests: Dance, yoga, podcasts

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)

Role models: My mom, Michelle Obama, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Wendy Davis, Kamala Harris, Alicia Keys, Rachel Maddow, Joe Biden

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