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Iceland’s First Lady Asks: Do Women Exist?

By Yelena

Eliza Reid Guðni Th. Frederik Crown Prince Denmark
Photo: Forsetaembættið. Left to right: President of Iceland Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, Frederik Crown Prince of Denmark, and First Lady of Iceland Eliza Reid.

Iceland’s First Lady Eliza Reid graced the cover of Morgunblaðið newspaper today, yet her name was not mentioned anywhere in the accompanying text. The cover photo features her shaking hands with Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark, as he arrived in Iceland yesterday. Both the Prince and President of Iceland Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, who is also in the photo, are named in the text but Eliza’s name is left out. Eliza shared a picture of the cover on her Facebook page today with the hashtag #dowomenexist.

“Summary of this photo caption on the cover of the newspaper today: One man with a name came to dinner at another man with a name’s house. With the visitor was a third man with a name [not pictured]. That is all. #dowomenexist” Eliza wrote.

This is far from the first time Eliza speaks out about sexism. In 2019, she addressed the expectation that diplomats’ “unelected, unpaid” spouses will accompany their partners to official functions, writing: “I am not my husband’s handbag, to be snatched as he runs out the door and displayed silently by his side during public appearances.”

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