Iceland: the Global Champion of gender equality

4Things that have made the difference:

1915

Women gain national suffrage and the right to hold office

1922

The first woman elected to the Icelandic Parliament

1961

Equal Pay Act approved by the Parliament

1975

Women nationwide take a day off on October 24

1976

Equality Act approved and the Equaliry Council is founded

1980

The first nationally elected female president in the world

1982

The Women’s Alliance runs for Parliament

1995

Equal rights of women and men stated in the constitution

2003

Equal rights of women and men of parental leave

2010

Companies are obliged to have 40% women or men on board