In a future where menstruation is optional, women debate going back to cramps, mood swings, bleeding. Winner of 1993 ‘Hugo’ Science Fiction prize for ‘Best Short Story’.
Considering how much science fiction there is about longevity, body modification, transformation — it’s surprising that there isn’t more fiction addressing this physical reality practically all women experience.
When she became homeless at 15, she decided to take action.
“It was that experience of being at the women’s shelter alone, and hearing the stories of women who were in much worse situations than I was ― I had a complete privilege check.”
That moment led the high schooler to create Camions of Care, (now Period.org) a youth-led non-profit organization that distributes menstrual products to women and girls in need. Okamoto said her inspiration to create Camions of Care came from the conversations she had with homeless women in shelters, and during those four hours of bus rides each day to and from school.