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Ep39 – Nadya Okamoto // @nadyaokamoto // TikTok Finds

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Nadya Okamoto joined The Take On. And we are talking about all things Periods! Menstruation. That time of the month. Aunt Flo. Being on the Rag. There is so much intrigue and shame around something biological that happens to bodies every month. And it’s not always women’s bodies there are so many people who are assigned biologically female and no longer identify as such who have periods. Nadya is destigmatizing periods and breaking down the patriarchy. We also talk the tampon tax, and how having periods in many parts of the world means it’s the end of your formal education. Nadya is an outspoken period activist and is attempting to educate people about how to fully embrace their periods. Join us as discuss periods and the many ways we as a society can support people who have periods every month. If you’re feeling like you want to unpack a topic that should not be taboo anymore then this is the episode for you.

More about Nadya:

Nadya Okamoto is a 23-year-old Harvard student. In early 2020, Okamoto co-founded August, a lifestyle brand working to reimagine periods. As the Today Show describes, “August is a growing online community aiming to “re-imagine and redefine the period experience to be powerful and dignified,” with members who engage in conversations about how to properly use menstrual cups or what it’s like to be a transgender man having a period, for example.” 

Nadya Okamoto is also the Founder of PERIOD (period.org), an organization fighting to end period poverty and stigma that she founded at the age of 16. Under her leadership as Executive Director for five years, PERIOD addressed over 1.5 million periods and registered over 800 campus chapters in all 50 states and 50 other countries. In 2017, Nadya ran for public office in Cambridge, MA at age 19 — at the time, becoming the youngest Asian American to run. In 2018, Nadya published her debut book, Period Power: A Manifesto for the Menstrual Movement with publisher Simon & Schuster, which made the Kirkus Reviews list for Best Young Adult Nonfiction of 2018. Nadya is also the former Chief Brand Officer and current Board Member of JUV Consulting, a Generation Z marketing agency based in NYC. She has been recognized on the lists of Forbes 30 under 30, Bloomberg 50 “Ones to Watch” and People Magazine’s Women Changing the World. 

Learn more at www.nadyaokamoto.com

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