Nadya Okamoto

Nadya Okamoto grew up in Portland and currently attends Harvard College. She is the founder and executive director of PERIOD (, an organization she founded at the age of sixteen, which is now the largest youth-run NGO in women’s health, and one of the fastest growing ones here in the United States. She is also the cofounder and spokesperson of E Pluribus ( In 2017, Nadya ran for office in Cambridge, Massachusetts. While she did not win, her campaign team made historic waves in mobilizing young people on the hround and at polls. Nadya loves to dance, whether that be for fun with friends or on Harvard’s competitive hip hop team.

Books by this Author

PERIOD founder and Harvard student Nadya Okamoto offers a manifesto on menstruation and why we can no longer silent about that time of the month.

Throughout history, periods have been hidden from the public. They’re taboo. They’re embarrassing. They’re gross. And due to a crumbling or nonexistent national sex ed program, they are misunderstood. Because of these stigmas, a status quo has been established to exclude people who menstruate from the seat at the decision-making table,...