women & arbejde + Icelandic saga continues

homemade doll - photo flickr urbanwoodswalker
photo flickr: urbanwoodswalker

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.

kind of like the haircut
kind of like the haircut

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.

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