Iceland comes out of a new report on the gender gap very well. Four women from, or based in, the country share their thoughtsby Jessica Abrahams / October 27, 2016 / Leave a comment
On Tuesday, the World Economic Forum published its annual Global Gender Gap Report, naming Iceland as the world’s most gender equal country for the eighth year running (the UK comes in at number 20). The report found no gap in educational attainment between men and women in Iceland, and a strong female representation among legislators, officials and managers. It is one of only five countries (alongside Norway, France, Latvia and Finland) to have broken the 30 per cent threshold for women on boards.
Yet just a day before the report was published, thousands of Icelandic women had left their offices at precisely 2:38pm—after which time they are said to effectively work for free due to the gender pay gap—and poured into the streets to protest about unequal pay. The World Economic Forum report calculates that, at the current rate of change, it will take 170 years for the pay and employment gap between men and women to be closed worldwide—but a separate estimate suggests that even in Iceland it will take 52 years.