Why Did Thousands Of Icelandic Women Leave Work At 2:38 P.M. This Week? Find Out Here!

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Iceland is usually a very peaceful, laid back country.

But on Monday, the nation’s entire female population caused a stir when women across the country left their jobs at 2:38 p.m.!

The nation-wide event took place on October 24, a momentous date in Iceland’s fight for gender equality, where women went on strike to protest the gender pay gap — which currently rests at 18 percent.

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This year, Women’s Day Off commenced at 2:38 p.m., which is the exact moment that women on average begin working for free each day due to the wage gap.

The first Women’s Day Off took place on October 24, 1975, when 90 percent of Icelandic women left their paid jobs at 2:05 p.m (to reflect the whopping 60% wage disparity) and went on strike — refusing to work, do housework, or childcare.

That day over 40 years ago successfully highlighted the insurmountable work women contribute to the economy and society, as the entire country was basically shut down for the day.

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The first strike made a governmental impact, with Iceland’s parliament implementing laws to change wage inequality in employment.

While the law did little to change the wage gap, the women’s strike paved the way for the election of the first democratically elected female president in 1980. (At least they’re way ahead of America in that department├óΓé¼┬ª)

As the wage gap still holds up, the frequency of these strikes has continued. In 2005, women left at 2:08 p.m. to reflect the little progress made in 30 years.

In 2010, they left work at 2:25 p.m., only 13 minutes earlier than this year’s strike. While progress certainly has been made, there is still clearly a long way to go!

Ch-ch-check out some empowering photos from Women’s Day Off (below)!

[Image via Twitter.]

Oct 26, 2016 2:36pm PDT

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