The International Women’s Day is getting closer, and our left-wing oriented daily newspaper dedicated the front page to the gender pay gap in DK, or the difference between how much men and women are paid. Denmark has a pretty high gender gap actually, I was disappointed to know. It is higher than the EU average, whilst surprisingly Italy has the lowest gender pay gap. Men in DK make 17,7 % more than women.
On the other hand, always according to the EU commission report, Denmark has the higher percentage of women employed (and I think also one of the highest employment rate in general, in Europe), but also one of the lowest percentage of women managers, while Italy has a very high percentage of women managers. So many %%%! Sorry.
In Iceland, where the financial crisis has been dramatic, women are leading the rescue.
Iceland’s women are at the forefront of the clean-up. The crisis led to the downfall of the government and the prime minister’s residence – which resembles a slightly over-sized white dormer bungalow – is now occupied by Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir, an elegant 66-year-old lesbian who is the world’s first openly gay premier.
There’s a very interesting article in the Guardian, featuring an interview with Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir.