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Further proof that Iceland is the best place to be a woman right now

For starters, women and men are soon to receive equal pay

By Verinia Khoo | Published: 5 Apr 2017

Iceland's pay gap
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Fun fact: the United States celebrated its Equal Pay Day yesterday but it was Iceland that made it law first. The country was named the world's best place for working women by The Economist last year. According to a survey done by the news portal, Iceland had the highest percentages of women who hold important positions in senior managerial posts, parliament as well as on company boards.

Here are some reasons why we think Iceland is the best place to be a woman right now.

They've closed the gender pay gap
Recently, Iceland's parliament has passed on a bill that requires public and private businesses to produce proof that they offer equal pay to employees. Failure to do so will result in fines. It is said to be the first such requirement in the world with the law taking effect in January next year.

Women are given equal opportunities
According to a report published by the Irish Times, "Almost half of board members of listed companies are now women, while 65% of Iceland's university students and 41% of MPs are female." In another report, Iceland had also topped the World Economic Forum's gender gap index for the past seven years, proving that its  women and men were given more gender equal opportunities than any other country in the world.

Children are taught feminism at a young age
Laufásborg, a nursery school in Reykjavik, teaches its students to use their voice and physical strength, encouraging them to be brave and to stand up for themselves. The nursery, along with 19 other primary and nursery schools, incorporate female empowerment in their syllabuses.

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