Women’s Day – You’ll be surprised by this.

Women’s Day – You’ll be surprised by this.

or maybe not.

It appears that Iceland is the best place to be if you’re a working woman and not the UK.

Iceland would be way too cold for me, but it’s in the Top 5 Best Places to work but, for now, I’ll have to stay in the 25th best place.

working woman, louise hunt, caitlin moran, work from home,

Why is it that in 2016 UK & USA are not just a little behind other developed countries but WAY behind? It truly is woeful to think that most countries in Europe are a better place for a woman to work than the UK.





Iceland – the best place to be a working woman – theguardian.com Annadis Greta Rudolfdottir

A chart from Statista shows the overall ranking in 29 of the 34 *OECD countries, with all parameters set on an equal level, among them higher education, labor-force participation, pay, child-care costs, maternity rights, business-school applications and representation in senior jobs. This year’s index for the first time also takes paid leave for fathers into account, as this can also help women in their pursuit of a career.

*Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) offer women the best chances of equal treatment at the workplace.

Infographic: Women in the Workforce | Statista
You will find more statistics at Statista
Glass ceiling Index for Women

*Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) offer women the best chances of equal treatment at the workplace.

What can we learn from Iceland?

  1. They are Vocal and have a highly active women’s movement which has an impact when setting public agenda’s and influences the political landscape.
  2. Strong Political Parties – The Icelandic women’s movement has fought long and hard for political inclusion. They have a quota system when it comes to the selection of candidates for political parties. It’s not law but it is a start.
  3. Educational Attainment – Iceland tops the GGGI (Global gender gap index). Education from Playschool to Universities are state run, with no school fees and access to student loans to cover living costs for uni students. The ratio between men and women graduating is about 2:1 women: men.
  4. Participation in the workforce – It’s the highest in the world for women in the workforce: 88% yet they still manage to have on average 2 children. How? High-quality, affordable play schools and nurseries.
  5. Subsidised Childcare – a married couple would get £132 per month for 8hrs of childcare per day. Each parent is entitled to 3 months parental leave + 3 months additional leave that parents can decide how to take it between themselves.
  6. Gender quotas for company boards are now bound by law, but there is still a huge pay gap of 20%. The struggle to lessen the gap has been ongoing since the 1970’s and continues to this day.


It’s never that simple is it..the cost to society (monetary wise) would be huge if we wanted to implement all that is good about Iceland. But any of the above would be good especially point 6..how hard would that be to pass a law on gender quotas in business?

I won’t be booking my one-way ticket to Reykjavik  just yet but I maybe interested in point 1) if Caitlin Moran was running for Prime Minister!

The  i newspapers top ten Feminist books:

  1. Girls will be girls by Emer O’Toole
  2. Headscarves & Hymens by Mona Eltahawy
  3. Sex Object: A Memoir by Jessica Valenti
  4. Fat is a feminist issue by Susie Orbach
  5. Romantic Outlaws by Charlotte Gordon
  6. Lean I: Women, work and the will to lead by Sheryl Sandberg
  7. Bad feminist by Roxane Gay
  8. I call myself a feminist
  9. How to be a woman by Caitlin Moran
  10. Kicking off: How women in sport are changing the game by Sarah Shephard.

Enjoy International Women’s Day 

Louise Hunt, Job,


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Louise x

Women’s Day – You’ll be surprised by this.

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