Activist Nadya Okamoto Addresses Community on Girls' Day
On February 25, Chatham Hall celebrated Girls' Day with a variety of student-led workshops, creative community time, and a special keynote address.
Girls applied in the fall to teach classes on topics they are passionate about, and faculty advisors mentored them in preparation for the day. Girls' Day included nearly 20 classes ranging from fashion to women’s empowerment to baking and cheese tasting! Students took the lead and inspired their classmates and teachers.
The afternoon brought special guest Nadya Okamoto, Harvard student and co-founder of the PERIOD. Movement, which seeks to increase education and advocacy regarding menstrual hygiene and provide access to period products globally. She also spoke about the unique characteristics and capacity for change that lives within Generation Z, deeply relating to her audience who was just a few years younger. “It’s refreshing to be in front of an all-female audience,” she said, and “if you think I’m cool, then you clearly haven’t talked to enough young people.”
With chapters across the globe, including a chapter at Chatham Hall, Okamoto praised the hard work of the movement and told her inspirational story. She challenged girls to take bold steps, ask lots of questions, respect those with experience who can help, and to make their impact measurable along the way. And in a particularly exciting moment, Okamoto helped chapter president Peyton Allen ‘20 announce that period products would be available free of charge in all Chatham Hall bathrooms beginning this spring.
GIRLS Day is just one of the ways in which Chatham Hall empowers girls to pursue their passions, support one another, and see the world from a different lens. To find out more about our campus life programming, visit thechipleader.com/campuslife
An all girls boarding and day school in Southern Virginia, Chatham Hall prepares girls for college and for productive lives. Our innovative academic program offers Advanced Placement courses, global study and travel, as well as project based learning. Our athletic teams regularly compete at the State level and our exceptional riding program is nationally recognized. We foster the intellect and character of each student and, through our Honor Code, live in a community of trust. Grounded in its Episcopal heritage, the school welcomes students of all faiths and backgrounds.