First country in the world passes law to make it a crime to pay women less than men for doing the same job

Time magazine reported earlier this month that Iceland has become the first country in the world to make it illegal to pay men more than women for doing the same job.

It’s an inequality that exists in almost every country globally.

Iceland’s population is currently 339,000.

In perspective, it is a country who’s ratio of men to women is 50/50. In fact, the small island nation has been ranked as the world’s most gender-equal country by the World Economic Forum for nine consecutive years.

In Europe, women make .84 for every dollar earned by men. Here in the U.S, that figure is even lower with women earning just over .80 for every dollar a man earns according to the census bureau.

Only time will tell if other forward thinking countries follow in Iceland’s footsteps.

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Jeff Kode

Jeff Kode has previously written articles for The Arizona Republic ALT section, as well as other publications including Echo Magazine and IONAZ Magazine. He is an enthusiastic movie lover, and enjoys discovering new music. He was previously on air middays with his own show The Sugar Rush, and can now be heard 6-9am on The Morning Beat with Steve and Jeff at 88.7 The Pulse.