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Nadya Okamoto, 19
Cofounder and executive director, Period. The Menstrual Movement
Along Okamoto's right rib is a tattoo that reads RESILIENCE, a word that reminds her to push through hard times. Okamoto grew up with domestic abuse and unstable housing; when her family was forced to move out of their home, she had a two-hour commute to school on public transportation. That's where she met women who couldn't afford tampons or pads and resorted to using toilet paper, grocery bags, and cardboard. In 2014, Okamoto started Period. The Menstrual Movement, a network of young activists who distribute care packages of menstrual supplies to women in need. Today the 2016 L'Oréal Paris Women of Worth honoree and Harvard sophomore is running for Cambridge City Council— and continues to work to ensure women don't have to choose between meals and period products. She says, "Fighting for that keeps me going."
Above: In Milton, Massachusetts, Okamoto and volunteers spread the word and prepare and hand out period packs with tampons, maxi pads, and panty liners.