Iceland's Women on Strike


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On Oct. 24, 1975, women in Iceland went on strike to protest gender inequality. Cristen and Caroline go to work on how the strike happened, its impact and whether Iceland is the feminist paradise it's touted to be.

Episode Sources:

"The day women went on strike" http://www.theguardian.com/world/2005/oct/18/gender.uk

"Iceland could be the first country to close its gender gap completely" http://qz.com/597278/iceland-could-be-the-first-country-to-close-its-gender-gap-completely/

"The most feminist place in the world" http://www.thenation.com/article/most-feminist-place-world/

"Iceland is great for women, but it's no feminist paradise" http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/oct/28/iceland-women-feminist-paradise-gender-gap-pay

Academic Insights:

"Iceland: From feminist governance to gender-blind austerity?" Thora Kristin Thorsdottir. Kurswechsel. 2014. http://quod.lib.umich.edu/g/gsf/12220332.0001.203?rgn=main;view=fulltext

"Gender Equity in Iceland: Information on Gender Equality Issues in Iceland." Centre for Gender Equality Iceland. January 2012. https://www.velferdarraduneyti.is/media/rit-og-skyrslur2012/Gender-Equality-in-Iceland.pdf

Topics in this Podcast: feminism, gender gap, wage gap, strikes