Iceland Will Become The First Country To Require Equal Pay For Women

Iceland’s Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson visited New York this week, and made rounds at the International Women’s Day summit.

As the prime minister of the country that has been deemed the best nation for gender equality, especially in the workplace, we would expect Benediktsson to gloat at Women’s Week, or maybe pat himself on the back for a job well done.

Instead, he was quoted saying,  

“We may rank number one in the world at the moment, but the job is not done still.”

And that’s not all.

Benediktsson has also announced that Iceland is currently working on national law that requires any company with more than 25 employees to show that they pay men and women equal salary for the same position.

This would be the first law of its kind (the equality kind!) to be implemented on a national level in any country on this planet.

Iceland is paving the way.

Although Iceland is ranked #1 for gender equality, women still earn only 83% of a man’s weekly earnings for the same job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

To put things into perspective, while Iceland ranks #1 for equality, the United States ranks 20th, beat by countries like Australia, Portugal, France, and Sweden.

While in New York, Prime Minister Benediktsson also baked a pink cake with a beautiful “HeForShe” frosting decoration, for the executive director of the U.N Women agency, Phumzile Mlambo.

During Women’s Week, there is nothing more refreshing than a country’s leader baking a pink cake and announcing a plan for a national law that will give women equal rights.

Mlambo said the following on Twitter:

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