Why Iceland is the World Champion of Gender Equality

It's a great time to be a woman... in Iceland. Here are three reasons why.

This is why Iceland ranks first for gender equality

Equal Pay - Since January 1, 2018, Iceland is the first country where equal pay is mandatory and monitored. It’s no longer up to women to prove they’re the victims of discrimination. Instead, companies must prove that male and female staff doing equal work receive equal pay. The battle began on October 24, 1975 with the women’s strike according to the Swarthmore University NV Database. 90% of Icelandic women stopped working to defend their rights and to show that half of the country is essential for running it.

Political Representation - Iceland was the first country to democratically elect a woman president in 1980. Vigdís Finnbogadóttir— a single mother— carried out her duties during four consecutive terms.

Household Feminism - In Iceland, 80% of women work — compared to 57% in the U.S. Parental leave lasts for 9 months: a third is for the mother, another third for the father, and the last third can be shared by both parents. 90% of all fathers take part of the leave. Although Iceland is more equalitarian than other countries, some differences still persist in 2017, men took 3 months of parental leave, on average, compared to 6 months for women based on data from Statistics Iceland and the DOL.

Women who are paving the way for gender equality, civil rights and human rights, including Katrin Oddsdottir, a human rights attorney who took part in writing Iceland's new constitution), Heida Birgisdóttir, Nikita clothing founder, documented as one of Iceland's first female snowboarders and first female surfer, and Vilborg Arna Gissurardóttir, an explorer, the first Icelander to reach the summit of Mount Everest. While highlighting Iceland’s progressive policies, they hope the world shifts how women of their country are portrayed in the media.


10/21/2019 11:58 AM
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  • Aaron S.
    a day

    The Equal Pay Act of 1963, how do they miss that in fact checking lol

  • Roy M.
    a day

    Amazing, they successfully gave women more rights and privileges, and have the incredible nerve to call it "equal rights". I wonder how far then real inequality spreads

  • Mattaeo K.
    3 days

    Wage gap= oh he's getting Paid more than me (I Think) for the same job but I can't prove it.

  • Keely M.
    3 days

    Iceland gets it right!!!!

  • Randolph M.
    4 days

    These jokes on this thread are really funny. But I do have a very serious question. What are the Child support laws like in Iceland? Serious question. If you know them let me know. I have had a theory for a long time now. Will only share my thoughts and debate with people who are open minded.

  • Jerry R.
    5 days

    Maybe women here should start a political party.

  • Gino R.
    5 days

    A country the size of a village with only white people with STRICT migration laws (as in NO brown/black people...racist/islamophobe much? 😉) is telling the rest of the world "be like me"?!! Bwahahahahaha.. That's like letting your toddler run your household then telling everyone "let your toddler be the head of the household just like me", thank you! Lol. Good for you that you "found the secret to happiness", Iceland; but keep your condescending "woke" attitude to your extremely white and clean selves. 🙄😏🤣😎

  • Boyd A.
    6 days

    Oh my God what's the world coming to next thing you'll be able to vote I was just kidding seriously I was just kidding sorry forecast for overnight tonight

  • Kristen A.
    6 days

    It has been against the law to pay someone less because of their gender since the 60s. Nice try, though.

  • Mitchell J.
    6 days

    In America there is equal skill hey experience laws if you are getting paid differently than someone who has the same skill and experience then you have a lawsuit regardless of gender you people are idiots for believing that our country does not have equal rights sorry if you don't like it what's the truth and he is still your president

  • Mayra Z.
    7 days

    Is this why people keep flocking to Iceland? I knew there was a reason, I knew it! 😏

  • Dziemhong P.
    11/10/2019 22:05

  • Lee K.
    11/10/2019 15:57

    its proven you get payed more for certain fields that women do not go into. it is also proven the more dangerous the job the more pay duh. same thing women do not do these jobs. the more your available the higher pay you get again women in general do not choose this option. pay gap is a myth

  • Ahryn W.
    11/09/2019 07:27


  • Leslie C.
    11/09/2019 00:19

    Unfortunately some of these people's mom's CHOSE to give birth!

  • Leslie C.
    11/09/2019 00:17

    How hard would it be to move THERE?

  • Jerry P.
    11/07/2019 14:57

    Hey let's compare China and New these memes are just idiocy! Lol

  • Kevin W.
    11/06/2019 23:00

    I wonder what Liz wheeler thinks of this.

  • Jay W.
    11/06/2019 04:27

    The ship is sinking. All men board

  • Ashley B.
    11/04/2019 04:53

    Only thing I agree with is the maternity leave. All that other stuff about feeling it just doesn’t do it for me.