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Bitch: A Feminist Response to Pop Culture - - DISPATCH FROM JAPAN - —KRISTIN ROGERS BROWN, ART DI­REC­TOR

Co­founder Nadya Okamoto got the idea for Pe­riod dur­ing her first two years of high school when her fam­ily was with­out a phys­i­cal home. “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,” writes Okamoto, now a Har­vard sopho­more. “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.” Pe­riod’s mission in­cludes serving peo­ple who may not have ac­cess to men­strual prod­ucts, ed­u­cat­ing high school and col­lege stu­dents to des­tig­ma­tize con­ver­sa­tions about pe­ri­ods, and work­ing as ad­vo­cates for sup­port­ive pub­lic pol­icy and law. Keep an eye out for their an­nual con­fer­ence Pe­riod Con, and check out their web­site to learn about how to start a chap­ter or sup­port their work.

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