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Women’s Day Off Commemorated in Iceland

Yesterday, October 24, was the official Women’s Day Off in Iceland. It was first held in 1975 when Icelandic women went on a day-long strike to demonstrate the importance of women in the employment market.


The Women’s Day Off in 2010. Photo by ESA.

It is believed that 90 percent of women participated in the action in 1975, almost half the nation, to demand the same rights and salaries as men received for the same amount of work, mbl.is reports.

The employment market was paralyzed to a great extent and at the work places that remained open the situation was chaotic. Men took on the jobs usually performed by women in which they were mostly unskilled.

The first Women’s Day Off was held as a result of the United Nations General Committee declaring on December 18, 1972, that 1975 should be the International Year of Women, dedicated to the affairs of women and children.

The Women’s Day Off has been celebrated regularly since with special action being taken on big anniversaries, such as the day’s 30th and 35th anniversaries.

Click here to read about last year’s Women’s Day Off.


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