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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  • Johnna B.
    2 days

    Gratful for Costco..still needs adjustment..but by far the best place Ive worked for in the " mans field " just do your work like the rest..come to work..and that's all that matters

  • Ana P.
    4 days


  • Greg T.
    5 days

    Notice how its all about feelings, whatever.

  • Christopher R.
    01/17/2020 13:11

    Ok, equal pay huh? So, a man and a woman are working in a bank. The bank gets robbed. The robber takes hostages. Who do you think the cops are gonna ask to be release first? Could it be "women and children"? Women take more time off. Everywhere I've worked with a good number of women employees, there was more drama than a soap opera. Theres the reason for the pay gap ;)

  • Joshua H.
    01/17/2020 06:58


  • Tonya J.
    01/16/2020 22:43

    I don't see anyone mentioning the equal work that was brought up...

  • Zachery S.
    01/16/2020 08:08

    Lmao no such thing as a wage gap

  • Michelle S.
    01/16/2020 00:11

    Moving ASAP

  • Tabitha L.
    01/15/2020 16:33

    I guess we'll move to Iceland lol

  • David B.
    01/13/2020 20:50

    Go Caucasians!

  • Amanda M.
    01/13/2020 02:44

    Well here in the US that's not how it works because most men have to make more to be able to pay the ridiculous child support orders.

  • Victor E.
    01/13/2020 00:03

    Wait till WW3 and they will go back to housewife. Smh

  • Cassandra K.
    01/11/2020 04:04

    looks like you picked a pretty great country

  • Tim W.
    01/10/2020 12:50

    Doesn't the U.S. have a law covering equal pay for both genders? I think it's called Lilly Ledbetter. I believe it makes it illegal to pay less to women for the same job.

  • Corey P.
    01/10/2020 04:56

    Equal pay act of 1963 in the U.S.

  • Zach S.
    01/10/2020 00:30

    Sooooooo all the stupid snowflakes should just go there

  • James C.
    01/09/2020 09:07

    The only women that look for equality in pay arent the ones that work in back with the men, but the ones that work up front on the phones getting hour lunches while us in back get 20 minutes and then they wonder why they get less money

  • Tony Y.
    01/06/2020 22:16


  • Nicholas D.
    01/06/2020 14:49

    Men and women are very different and have strengths in different aspects of life. There are fertain thinga, for the most part, that men are better at as a whole and certain things that women are better at as a whole. IMO one of the main problems is that we try, as a society, to define equality as having the same EXACT roles and responsibilities. This is wrong IMO as men and women are unique in their strengths. Equality, to me, means having respect and understanding that, whatever your role is, it is just as important as your significant others. Equality between genders is a mutual understanding that both roles are needed for one another.

  • John M.
    01/06/2020 06:34

    population: <400k