alton_lust (alton_lust) wrote,

international womens day

In honor of it I share the story of...iceland! success!

On October 24, 1975, Icelandic women went on strike for the day to “demonstrate the indispensable work of women for Iceland’s economy and society”[1] and to “protest wage discrepancy and unfair employment practices.”[2] Participants, led by women’s organizations, did not go to their paid jobs and did not do any housework or child-rearing for the whole day.[1] Ninety percent of Iceland’s female population participated in the strike

...The women achieved their goal of showing Iceland their value by essentially shutting down the country for a day.[1] The Day Off “opened the eyes of many men” who referred to it as “the long Friday.”[3]

The next year, “Iceland’s parliament passed a law guaranteeing equal rights for women and men

from wikipedia

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