Zöe Chamberlain is a native of the San Francisco East Bay in California. Before finding her way to PERIOD, Zöe received her Bachelors degree in Sociology & LGBTQ+ Studies from San Diego State University. While there, she discovered her passion for learning about the history and manifestation of oppressive structures, how they are interrelated & how to work towards dismantling them. After graduating and a brief time back in her hometown, she moved to Portland in Fall 2018 and found her way to PERIOD a few months later. She initially joined the team as a research volunteer - helping to gather data on period stigma & poverty, its manifestation & effects and who is most vulnerable to it. While she continues working with the research team, she now holds the position of Service Director and also manages the Associate Program.
Menstruating since: 2009
School: San Diego State University ‘16
Words to live by: “No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.” - Robin Williams, Dead Poets Society
Menstruation revelation: There is a difference between typical discomfort associated with periods and excruciating and/or debilitating pain. The latter is NOT NORMAL and can be a sign that there is something more serious happening in your body. I wish I knew that during the years I spent unable to move or stand up during the first several days of my period, to which I was met with peers & doctors thinking I was being dramatic and telling me to just take Ibuprofen. It’s okay to talk about this unapologetically with your community and your doctor. It’s okay to advocate for yourself & demand that your doctor take you seriously & help you find a diagnosis. And it’s okay to spend the days where you can’t move, not moving until the pain subsides. Just because our society was not set up to support your pain/bodily needs, does not mean your pain is not real and that you should push your body beyond its capabilities.
Surprising fact: Zöe lived in Melbourne, Australia for a year & is exceptional at remembering and quoting movies/shows after only one watch.
Interests: Intersectional/inclusive feminism, books, binge watching TV shows, dancing, politics, traveling, singing musicals loudly, and playing with the world’s cutest pitbull (aka my sister’s dog Theo).