The World Economic Forum released the 2013 Global Gender Gap Report, and for the fifth year in a row, Iceland was declared the country with the smallest gender gap. Rounding out the top five nations are Finland, Norway, Sweden, and the Philippines. This means women in these countries have the most equal access to education and healthcare, and are more actively involved in government and economics. It also means Scandinavia is one rad place.
The gender gap has ... Read More
BY Katrina Pallop
on Feb 25, 2013
Iceland, a famously web-savvy country, could become the first Western democracy to instate a national ban on internet porn. The nation’s interior minister is working on new legislation that would make it impossible for citizens to access porn on the Web, and Icelanders are understandably outraged.
Proponents of the legislation say that their aim is to protect the children of Iceland. They assert that what they take issue with is not necessarily sexual ... Read More
BY Kari Belsheim
on Jan 09, 2013
A fifteen-year-old girl is suing the Icelandic government for the right to use her own name. According to the Icelandic government, Blaer Bjarkardottir, which means “light breeze” in Icelandic, is now officially known as “Stulka,” which simply means “girl.”
Iceland has stringent name requirements. Parents must choose from an approved list of 1,853 names, or they can pay about 23 dollars to submit a name to a committee for ... Read More
Hildur Lilliendahl Viggósdóttir
A well-known Icelandic feminist has been banned by Facebook for outing sexism online. In February, Hildur Lilliendahl Viggósdóttir set up a Facebook album called “Men Who Hate Women,” which is made up of screenshots documenting sexism on Facebook — such as this photo of a woman in her underwear strung up like a pig with an apple in her mouth. The caption reads, “Feminist found in ... Read More
BY Amy Bucknam
on Aug 17, 2012
Icelandic actor, comedian, politician and Mayor of Reykjavík Jon Gnarr showed his support of the Pussy Riot ladies at Reykjavík pride parade this past weekend. Gnarr rode through the streets of the Icelandic capital on a float that read "FREE PUSSY RIOT" clad in a pink dress and a balaclava mask, in solidarity with the provocative protest band that protested the Orthodox Church's support of Vladimir Putin. This was prior to ... Read More
BY Intern Maura
on Mar 16, 2012
Get out the rag and polish ladies, because—as Frank Bass at Businessweek explained—"Women who want to earn more on Wall Street than their male colleagues have one reliable option. They can set up a shoe-shine stand in Lower Manhattan." That's because the only industry where women earn more than men (a whopping $1.02 to every dollar) is that of personal care and service. That is the one (one!) out of 265 major job categories where women can ... Read More
BY Katie Oldaker
on Dec 10, 2010
This weekend marked the first-ever TEDWomen conference, dedicated to exploring how women and girls are reshaping the future. TED is working on putting all the talks on their website, but for now check out this awesome talk from Halla Tomasdottir, an Icelandic businesswoman who got her company Audur Capital through the economic collapse by applying 5 "feminine" values to financial services.
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