With the popularity of women finally on the rise since their inception almost 200,000 years ago; Iceland have become the first country in the world to make it illegal for men to be paid more than women.
With the legislation taking effect from the 1st of January, companies with 25 employee’s or more will need to gain government certification of their equal-pay polices and will need to prove men aren’t paid more than women or be faced with hefty fines.
Dagny Osk Aradottir Pind, a board member of the Icelandic Women’s Rights Association said; ‘They get a certification after they confirm the process if they are paying men and women equally,’
‘It’s a mechanism to ensure women and men are being paid equally,’ she told Al Jazeera.
‘We have had legislation saying that pay should be equal for men and women for decades now but we still have a pay gap.’
It’s surprising how long it’s taken in the modern world for something like this to exist. With 2018 marking 100 years of women’s right to vote, hopefully others will follow Iceland’s example as they continue to show the world how a modern society should operate. For the last 9 years they have been voted the most gender-equal country as ranked by the World Economic Forum, and one of the fastest improving countries in a 10 year period according to the Global Gender Gap Report which takes into consideration economic opportunity, health and political empowerment.
‘I think that now people are starting to realise that this is a systematic problem that we have to tackle with new methods,’ Aradottir Pind said.
By 2020, the Icelandic government plans to completely abolish the wage gap.
Which of course is only fair, considering women are the actual rulers of the roost. Lets hope the rest of the world quickly follows suit.