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Pay Respect: Iceland Makes It Illegal to Pay Women Less Than Men
Ashley Rappa

According to the World Economic Forum, women are paid less than men in every country in the world. Now, Iceland is the first country to make it illegal to do so.

According to the World Economic Forum, women are paid less than men in every country in the world. Now, Iceland is the first country to make it illegal to do so.

While discrimination based on gender is already technically illegal in several countries, it is rarely enforced. In the United States, women make $.80 compared to a man's $1, which amounts to almost half a million dollars over an average career.

Under the Icelandic law, which came into effect on Monday, employers have to prove that they pay men and women in the same jobs equally or face a hefty fine. Bolstered by the new legislation, the government's goal is to fully close the gender pay gap by 2022.

Great news to start off 2018! 

Photo credit: Ines Vuckovic/Dose

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