The Iceland women's strike, 1975

Johns, Steven
Date Written:  2016-10-24
Year Published:  2016
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX20199

A short history of the strike, or day off, by the of women in Iceland for equality with men on 24 October, 1975.



Today Iceland has the highest level of gender equality in the world, with the highest level of women's participation in the labour market, with heavily subsidised childcare and three months’ paid parental leave to each parent.

However, the struggle for gender equality is far from over.

Women in Iceland still only earn around 80% of men’s wages, and as everywhere else women continue to be massively disproportionately victims of domestic and sexual violence. Iceland's criminal code allowed the waiving of punishment for rapists by husbands or partners up until as recently as 2007.

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