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Iceland Just Made Equal Pay Mandatory, And We're Getting Ready To Move

Iceland passed a law that, beginning January 1, 2018, makes it illegal for employees to pay women less than men for the same work. If companies with 25 or more employees fail to obtain government certification of equal pay policies, they will be hit with fines. According to the 2017 Global Gender Gap Report, even before this new ruling Iceland was the country with the most gender equality in the world based on economic participation and opportunity, educational attainment, health and survival, and political empowerment. 

Iceland was already leading in gender equality, while the United States is ranked 49th.

People tweeted their appreciation and support, including a marriage proposal from actress Patricia Arquette:

We're pretty sure Iceland said yes.

A writer for Huffington Post already has her ticket and it's probably one-way:


A few people played a rousing round of mental gymnastics to show how the ruling is reverse sexism and a bad idea:


H/T: Twitter, Think Progress