Effective January 1st, 2018, Iceland put into law that it is officially now illegal for men to be paid more than women. Can’t say I am too surprised it being Iceland. They put this law into effect for “equality among all men and women”. This European country has become the first in the world to make it illegal to pay men more than women.
The law mandates that firms, or companies employing 25 or more people, must obtain a “Government Certificate” demonstrating “pay equality” or be fined as a penalty. Initially this was announced on March 8th on International Women’s Day 2017 as part of the Nordic country’s drive to eradicate the gender pay gap by 2022. Too bad the gender pay gap has been a myth for many years. It’s a myth here in the United States, and it’s certainly a myth in Iceland.
Iceland has a population of just over 323,000. After the U.K. announced a study, showing a pay gap of 16.9% between men and women [ yeah right ] in 2017, it triggered this ridiculous law to be passed. There are many reasons men and women make varying amounts of money. But, they are not paid differently for equal work. The only reason that U.K. study shows that difference, is because they took all women and all men’s earnings and took those numbers. Any real economist, such as Thomas Sowell would debunk that in seconds. Life choices, difference of hours worked, different fields of work that pay different, men work jobs that are more dangerous therefore the money. Women can bear children, so obviously maternity leave plays a role.
The point is there are many factors that come into play. But sexism is not one of them. And to make it a law requiring companies to pay equal despite the quality of work is bonkers. Dagny Osk Aradottir Pind, of the Icelandic Women’s Rights Association, told Al Jazeera:
“The legislation is basically a mechanism that companies and organizations … evaluate every job that’s being done, and then they get a certification after they confirm the process if they are paying men and women equally.”
“It’s a mechanism to ensure women and men are being paid equally.
“We have had legislation saying that pay should be equal for men and women for decades now but we still have a pay gap,” she added.
“I think that now people are starting to realise that this is a systematic problem that we have to tackle with new methods.
“Women have been talking about this for decades and I really feel that we have managed to raise awareness, and we have managed to get to the point that people realise that the legislation we have had in place is not working, and we need to do something more.”
Ms. Dagny is obviously a leftist-feminist who doesn’t want equality, she wants women to have it better and easier than men. It’s been proven time and time again, especially since Trump has been elected, causing all of the “crazies” to come out from under their rocks. She already admits there has been legislation for equal pay for decades! It is a push of an agenda, and these feminists need to slow their role. Ladies, you have had equality for a long time now. It is law. Stop insulting the real, original feminists that fought for actual equality. The right to vote, work, live equally and have the same opportunities as everyone else.