Even though there’s still many struggles for women globally, Iceland continues moving in a direction to ensure the equality of women and men.
The Nordic country rolled out a new law that says it’s illegal for women to be paid less than men for doing the same job.
The new Icelandic law is now in place to make gender equality apart of the ever day life in Iceland. Yay!
According to Business Insider, companies with 25 or more employees must now show the government proof that they’re engaging in wage equality or they will be fined.
Dagny Osk Aradottir Pind, a representative of the Icelandic Women’s Rights Association said, “The legislation is basically a mechanism that companies and organizations … evaluate every job that’s being done, and then they get a certification after they confirm the process if they are paying men and women equally.”
The Global Gender Gap Report says a countries gender equality is based on a mix of economic opportunity, political empowerment, and health and survival–and currently ranks Iceland best in the world.
Icelandic law makers hope the new law will close the pay gap between the genders by 2022.
For reference, in 2017, the USA had a gender pay gap of 20% according to the Institute For Women’s Policy Research and research from the American Association of University Women projects that American women won’t be paid the same as their male counterparts till 2052. Wow.
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