Even among the Nordic nations that succeed in restoring our faith in humanity year after year, Iceland has been particularly exuberant with its progressive policies on gender issues, by topping the World Economic Forum’s rankings of nations with the smallest gender gap.
Now, in a major stride towards trying to close the gap in pay once and for all, the Iceland government passed a new law that requires all of their public and private companies employing above 25 people, to pay employees equally “regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexuality, or nationality,” according to a report on The Associated Press (AP)
"Equal rights are human rights," he said. "We need to make sure that men and women enjoy equal opportunity in the workplace. It is our responsibility to take every measure to achieve that," said Equality and Social Affairs Minister Thorsteinn Viglundsson.
Iceland has made significant progress in trying to close their gender gap, through policies such as quotas on corporate boards and government committees, and 48 percent female representation in the Icelandic Parliament.