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26th Oct 2016

Women in Iceland did something very clever to highlight the gender pay gap

They have the same pay gap as Ireland.

Laura Holland

Fair play to them.

Women in Iceland were fed up of the pay gap which exists between men and women so they decided to do something about it. Like Ireland, women employees in Iceland make 14 percent less than men.

So, on Monday thousands of women in Iceland took part in a protest against the pay gap.

But it wasn’t just any old protest, they had a very clever way of doing it. They decided to leave work 14% earlier than their male co-workers.

As soon as the clocks struck 2:38 they all left their work and gathered together in the main square.

While the pay gap is closing, at the rate it’s going it will take approximately 52 years to be equal.

According to The NY Times, Gylfi Arnbjörnsson, president of the Icelandic Confederation of Labor, has said, “It doesn’t matter whether it’s a gender pay gap or any other pay gap. It’s just unacceptable to say we’ll correct this in 50 years. That’s a lifetime.”