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


  • Paul R.
    02/27/2020 20:35

    Monmouth county New Jersey has double the population of Iceland. We have almost 10 times the population of Iceland working at Walmart

  • Lisa S.
    02/27/2020 11:28

    Aahh yes Iceland.. the country that pushes abortions for children who might be born with down syndrome... what wonderful people they must be

  • Joe G.
    02/26/2020 21:11

    All respect for women getter done

  • Ernest B.
    02/26/2020 18:11

    One of my favorite countries.

  • Melanie L.
    02/25/2020 06:16

    All womans party huh... ??? Interesting ...

  • Sarene M.
    02/25/2020 01:13

    EQUAL PAY!!!!

  • Jaimie K.
    02/22/2020 13:40

    We’re movin to Iceland! Craig Tuff

  • Konstantinos H.
    02/22/2020 09:00

    If woman got paid less for equal or better work as men, businesses wouldn't hire men. Only women would be hired and men would be starving on the streets.

  • Maureen S.
    02/21/2020 19:03

    Don't go there, they still kill whales

  • Sean M.
    02/21/2020 04:38

    Except it's not true - in Iceland now , women who are carrying babies with Downs Syndrome are forced/coerced to abort!

  • Manfred S.
    02/21/2020 00:35

    Wouldn’t this make hiring women riskier for employers?

  • Joseph T.
    02/20/2020 04:59

    Women already receive equal pay for equal work in the western world for a long time, this is stupid, this is pandering the the pay gap idiots

  • Peter P.
    02/20/2020 01:42

    If you do the same job , shouldn’t you get the same pay ?????

  • Alex I.
    02/18/2020 23:17

    I work with women who ask why i get paid more than them. And in the same breath say " i wont do that, thats a mans job"

  • Chris S.
    02/18/2020 19:49

    What more do you feminists want... a women could literally be the president for christ sakes

  • Jorge P.
    02/18/2020 04:31

    I didn't know there was a competition..

  • Joe W.
    02/18/2020 03:29

    Note this.. During the '30s in Spain ALL WORK was equally valued. The bank president and the bank janitor were PAID AT THE SAME RATE. Dat's why da rich rubbed 'em out. The "we can't do this in America" is damage control promulgated by the fools or the frightened.

  • Biny S.
    02/18/2020 03:19

    I knew I been living in the wrong country all my life 😩😂

  • Daniel J.
    02/18/2020 00:30

    Guilty until proven innocent scenarios, what could go wrong? Brut, you failed, and now you get blocked.

  • Kevin J.
    02/17/2020 21:54

    And, what color do the women have to be recieve all these benefits?

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