Iceland First In Gender Equality - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Iceland First In Gender Equality

Published October 28, 2014

Photos by
Gúndi

Data from the Global Gender Gap Report shows Iceland to be the country with the highest amount of gender equality for the sixth year in a row.

According to the report, Iceland came out on top when it comes to gender equality, ranking a score of 0.859, with 1.0 indicating perfect equality.

A closer look at the data shows a more detailed picture of how this level of equality was gauged. On the positive side, Icelandic women had levels of workforce participation and education that were equal to or close to equal to men. In fact, when it comes to university education and working in professional or technical fields, women exceed men.

At the same time, the report also showed that women make about 74% of what men do for the same work. As reported, there are signs in Iceland that the gender wage gap is growing. In addition, the level of gender equality when it came to women in positions of leadership – whether in politics or business – is at around 66%.

Iceland was also the leader in gender equality last year, the year before that, and for three consecutive years before that.

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