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Iceland's women knock off work at 14 pm for income unequality with male

  • Author:Max Lin
  • Release on:2016-11-24

Thousands of women left work at 2:38 pm in Iceland last Monday to protest the gender pay gap in the country.

In Iceland, women earn 14 to 18% less than men, which means on an average eight hour workday, women are essentially working for free after 2:38 pm, according to labor unions and rights groups.

Iceland is one of the highest-ranking countries for gender equality, according to the World Economic Forum's "Global Gender Gap Report", but the protests show the country still has ways to go to reach true equality.

According to the report, in 170 years women worldwide will earn as much as men and account for half of the world's bosses.

In Iceland, it will take 52 years for women to achieve pay equality, according to trends in the past decade.

Gylfi Arnbjornsson, president of the Icelandic Confederation of Labor, told that fifty years is too long to wait.

"No one puts up with waiting 50 years to reach a goal," Gylfi stated. "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."

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