While some may enjoy their fair share of rights in the US, International Women鈥檚 Day and the women鈥檚 strike reminded us that not all women are so lucky. The wage gap is something that still affects many women in the workforce, which is why equal pay is a cause that has been brought to the forefront, not only in our country, but around the world. That鈥檚 also why Iceland has just taken a major move to make sure that everyone in their nation is paid fairly by making equal pay the law.

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It seems pretty darn obvious that everyone should be paid based on their skills and experience, as opposed to whether or not they identify as male or female, but that鈥檚 unfortunately not the IRL sitch. Though some still try to claim that the gap doesn鈥檛 exist (remember: Just because it鈥檚 not happening to you doesn鈥檛 mean it鈥檚 not happening to others), the Bureau of Labor Statistics confirms that in the US women earn 鈥83 percent of men鈥檚 median weekly earnings鈥 (and that鈥檚 just white women 鈥 women of color make even less).

In fact, the US is way down in 20th place when it comes to the best/worst places in the world to be a working woman. Iceland took the top spot, with Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Poland rounding off the top five, followed by France, Denmark, Belgium, Hungary, and Canada making up the rest of the top 10.

鈥淕ender equality benefits all of us,鈥 Iceland鈥檚 Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson said on International Women鈥檚 Day, according to NPR. He added, 鈥淭here is a standard which we have already taken up. But not all are following it.鈥 That鈥檚 why the country has introduced a law that requires companies with more than 25 employees to check in with the government every few years to make sure that they鈥檙e following the fair-pay rules.

According to the AP, 鈥淚celand has been ranked the best country in the world for gender equality by the World Economic Forum, but Icelandic women still earn, on average, 14 to 18 percent less than men.鈥 Unhappy about the unfair pay, the women of Iceland took action. 鈥淚n October thousands of Icelandic women left work at 2:38 pm and demonstrated outside parliament to protest the gender pay gap. Women鈥檚 rights groups calculate that after that time each day, women are working for free.鈥

It looks like action can have a profound result as Iceland鈥檚 new equal pay law is thought to be the first in the world at the national level. Let鈥檚 hope other countries follow suit so that the wage gap becomes a thing of the past.

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(h/t NPR; photo via Joe Raedle/Getty)