Thousands of women from all over Iceland gathered in the country’s capital city yesterday in order to protest against the gender pay gap. Even though Iceland is considered a leading country in regards to gender equality, women still earn less than men.
At the main square in Iceland’s capital city Reykjavik, thousands of women gathered yesterday (Tuesday) in order to protest against the gender pay gap. Although Iceland is considered one of the leading countries in gender equality, women still earn on average between 14% and 18% less than men.
“We know that there isn’t gender equality in any country in the world,” said one of the female protesters. “I’m reminded today that even in the highest-ranked country in terms of gender equality in the world, women don’t earn the same pay as men.”
Women’s rights protests in Iceland have made headlines in the past. In 2005 and 2008, similar massive women’s protests took place. In addition, on October 24, 1975, 90% of the female workforce in the country took the day off and refused to work, cook or take care of their children.