Thursday 16 August 2018

It's time we had empowered women giving out the orders

Halla Tomasdottir
Halla Tomasdottir

Barbara Scully

THIS weekend 40 years ago, the women of Iceland took a day off. Almost all of them. An incredible 90pc of the women of Iceland downed tools and walked off their jobs, be they in industry or in the home. Some 25,000 of them attended a rally in Reykjavik - a huge number, considering the population of Iceland was in the region of 220,000 at the time.

Men had to take their children to work, some workplaces remained closed. Essentially, the country ground to a halt and suddenly all the work that women do - in the workplace and in the home - became very visible.

Four years later, Iceland voted in the first democratically elected women head of state in the world. And today Iceland is generally considered one of the more gender-balanced countries in the world.

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