Iceland is a Leading Feminist Country and Here’s Why

Stunning Icelandic Sky

Beautiful sky in the feminist country of Iceland. Photo via Pixabay, CC0 Public Domain.

Iceland. A country, an island, and a feminist nation. I’ve never been there, but I would like to go one day to see the sun at midnight in summer and experience the society that empowers women. Iceland’s feminist-based ideology is one that I can wholeheartedly get behind.

Iceland and the Working Woman

The Economist recently chose Iceland as the best place for working women. The Nordic country got a better score on the index for women and work than Canada (11th place) and the United States (19th place). The UK was in 24th spot.

Let’s dig deeper into The Economist‘s findings. In Iceland, women have close to half (44 percent) of seats on listed-company boards. This is thanks to voluntary political-party quotas.

And, get this: Women achieved 48 percent of seats in Iceland’s parliament in 2016. This was (and is) a huge accomplishment as, according to the Huffington Post, Iceland was the first country to have that many women in a single legislative body. Wow. Compare that to the 19 percent of women in Congress in the U.S.

Furthermore, the Guide to Iceland explains that women compose 66 percent of total university graduates and that 80 percent of women in Iceland work. These numbers show that the small island is progressive, and makes noteworthy strides in gender equality largely because women have taken matters into their own hands.

A Feminist Looks Ahead in Iceland

A vision for gender equality in Iceland. Making strides as a feminist island nation. Photo via Pixabay, CC0 Public Domain.

Iceland’s Advancements in Gender Equality

By now you may be asking yourself, why is Iceland closer to achieving gender equality than Canada, the U.S., and so many other countries? Looking back at the island nation’s history helps provide insights.

For centuries, Icelandic women were at home while their husbands went to sea. The women were responsible for getting the food, creating the home and making sure everything didn’t hit the fan. They made sure money was spent reasonably and helped the country grow.

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Author Joseph De Cross on Feminism and a Female U.S. President

Please join me in welcoming Joseph De Cross, the author of the political thriller Code 13: Life of a Madam President. Joseph kindly accepted my invitation to visit and discuss his views on the election of a female U.S. President, which is what he proposes will happen in his newest novel. He also chats about feminism and family.

Let’s give Joseph the stage:

Joseph De Cross Profile Photo

Author Joseph De Cross discusses a future with a female President.

Joseph De Cross, “here, here!” Talking about women issues and getting inspired on a daily basis! I was raised by a single mom through the 60’s and 70’s. She was the typical housewife that took over a business, left by an ex-hubby that didn’t want to deal with child support.

This, I think, connected me with femininity and its core issues. I have been told by social media friends (yes, ladies!) that I’m a good listener and a sensitive person. I started writing poetry and eventually prose. This paved the way for screenwriting and publishing.

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Does Reese Witherspoon Make a Point with #AskHerMore at Oscars?

Reese Witherspoon at the Oscars for #AskHerMore

Reese Witherspoon Steps Up for #AskHerMore

Reese Witherspoon took to the red carpet of the 2015 Oscars to support a social media campaign called #AskHerMore. The feminist campaign, created by the Representation Project, made an impact on the red carpet and beyond, as illustrated below.

What is #AskHerMore?

The campaign #AskHerMore from The Representation Project began last year but got more attention than ever before at the Oscars. After all millions of people are watching the event and famous actress Reese Witherspoon got behind it.

At the Oscars, the campaign took the form of encouraging journalists to ask actresses  questions relating to their films and the amount of work they put into their projects. Reese Witherspoon lent her voice to this campaign. Historically women being interviewed at the big event have been asked by journalists primarily about their outfits and skin care routines. So, this campaign was meant to dive into more about the women’s careers and personalities.

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