Iceland - Women leave work earlier to protest against pay gap - October 31, 2016

Women were encouraged by trade unions and women’s organizations to walk out of their workplaces on 24 October 2016 to demand equal pay for similar work. In Reykjavík, they convened on Austurvöllur square, where they gathered to protest the gender pay gap. Similar protests were planned all over the country. The timing, 2:38 pm, was no coincidence. Compared to men’s earnings, women work without pay after that hour every day. The fight for equal pay is not over: based on trends in the past decade, it appears it will take 52 years to eliminate the gender pay gap.

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