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Icelandic Women Protest for #EqualPay in This Very Poignant Way

Icelandic Women Protest for #EqualPay in This Very Poignant Way

Even in a country with progressive gender politics (adequate family leave, and a healthy ratio of women in the workforce), pay gap still plays a significant role.

For the past six years, Iceland has topped the World Economic Forum's gender gap index. Icelandic women employees make 14 to 18 percent less than men.

According to The New York Times, this is a discrepancy that unions and women's organizations say means women effectively work for free after 2:38pm.

In a very literal response to this, thousands of women in Iceland have protested by only working the hours their pay warranted — leaving at 2:38pm on the dot.

"It doesn't matter whether it's a gender pay gap or any other pay gap," said Gylfi Arnbjörnsson, president of the Icelandic Confederation of Labor. "It's just unacceptable to say we'll correct this in 50 years. That's a lifetime."

What she means is, should the gap continue to shrink at the current rate, it would take 52 years before men and women were being paid equally.

According to The Guardian, however, Icelandic government has pledged to close the gender pay gap by 2022.


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