Iceland Just Made Gender Pay Gap Illegal. Why Not in America?

Reykjavik, capitol of Iceland
Written by JoAnn Chateau

Iceland is serious about gender-equality. They created a law that simply puts a stop to unequal pay.

What a great idea! Why don’t we do that in the United States?

Because many people here are brain-washed by political rhetoric into believing that government regulations steal away American freedoms. (Altogether forgetting that regulations are protections for the well-being of people — so they may be free of dangerous or ill-advantaged situations.)

Think about that. What freedom would Iceland’s new law be stealing, if it were in America? Perhaps the freedom of businesses to pay employees unfairly? In order to increase company profits, without the drudgery of doing anything meritorious?

Accepting self-sabotaging BS, such as the Regulations=Bad propaganda, would never be tolerated in the U.S. — except for a cloud of fantasy that blinds the eyes of far too many Americans.

It’s well past time for a reality check, therefore…

Dear Beautiful Dreamers, most of you will remain employees for the entirety of your lives. A scant few of you will ever be business owners with more than 25 employees. Zero of you will magically transform into the Elite Class, which is every bit as exclusive as far-right Christian salvation. Even more so, because you can’t ‘believe’ yourself into 1%. It’s just mathematically impossible; math, of course, being created by God for a reason.

Anyway, kudos to Iceland! Quartz reports…

“On Jan. 1, Iceland made it illegal to pay men more than women—an inequality that exists (with respect to average gross hourly and annual income) in almost every nation. This legislation made the Nordic island nation, population 334,252, the first country in the world to ban pay discrimination on the basis of gender.

The law isn’t complicated: Under it, companies and government agencies employing at least 25 people will have to obtain government certification of their equal-pay policies. Companies and agencies that fail to prove pay parity will face fines…”

Leah Fessler

READ MORE: Iceland Has a Simple Solution for Closing Gender Pay Gap: Make It Illegal | Quartz

Gender Equality or Bust!



About the author

JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She sometimes writes fiction about Chester (the Alpha Bichon) and his friends -- with a dash of humor and dab of Poli-Sci. JoAnn's views and insights are tinted by her past profession in Counseling, Christian theological studies, and Library and Information Science training. Retired now, JoAnn enjoys the creative life.


  • Social and economic justice will not happen in the U.S. because of the power of the Republican oligarchs who have harnessed the emotional power of the religious right, pander to them for votes, and support a robust propaganda network with which to lead them by their theological noses–while actually working against their best interest with supply-side economics. This economic system is designed to redistribute the collective wealth of the working class upward to the already wealthy, and it is working amazingly well..

    An excellent book that lays out the evidence of the reality of this operation can be found in the pages of Nancy MacLean’s Democracy in Chains.

    It is astonishing how prophetic Sinclair Lewis was in his novel, It Can’t Happen Here, It actually is.

    • Well put, Max! What many Americans do not yet realize, is that our beloved nation is now an oligarchy (ruled by the few), with only a few shreds of democracy still left. (Although, I think the Democratic Party followed Republican footsteps in terms of campaign finance and corporate-kissing.)

      Still, Bernie Sanders proved you can run a respectable campaign without corporate money. Now we have many Bernie-like candidates running “unbought and unbossed” campaigns. (Did you see my new info page? 2018 Progressive Candidates & Ballot Initiatives — a Nationwide List)

      The progressive political revolution is picking up steam. I am hopeful.

      • I completely agree with you on the corporate Democratic Party.

        I’ve been stunned by the recent promoting of Oprah Winfrey for president by some pundits. Even Chris Matthews was beating that drum.

        I admit that I don’t know anything about her political acumen, but she is certainly very intelligent, a good person and successful woman. But president? Apparently some democrats are still in love with identity politics and run away from the progressive agenda of Bernie and Elizabeth. One pundit I heard just a few nights ago simply relegated both Sanders and Warren to a side show as he promoted Winfrey.

        She very well might make a great president, but Elizabeth probably know more about economic systems that virtually anyone in government.

        Progressive policies are extremely popular. Trump got enough votes from extreme right wing populist rhetoric. Why the hell isn’t the DNC and pundits learning that lesson and moving for a left wing populism (what is what is necessary for anything close to social and economic justice)? Grrrr! I gotta go get another glass of wine.

      • Exactly. I love Oprah, but… Though she may be a social Liberal, she is no economic Progressive. Even though she could fund a presidential campaign from her own coffers, I doubt she would forego The Establishment’s wealthy elite campaign fundraising circuit — and that’s why corporate media and politicians would love to have her run. She would be a natural at political fundraising and soooo good for network ratings.

        P.S. I am afraid Oprah would be out of her niche in areas like global economics, Constitutional law, or foreign policy (although, she might be good at diplomacy). At least one ambassador post before a presidential run — please!

  • Good news like this helps me find uplifting places to visit. I am happy now that I can observe such a progressive development for myself when we visit Iceland next Fall.

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