2018: Iceland requires fair pay for women
Some countries talk a good game about equal pay for women, but Iceland made it the law of the land. In 2018, Iceland became the first country in the world to make it illegal – resulting in a fine – to pay men and women in the same job differently. One major difference between this law, and the Equal Pay Act in the United States, for example, is that the burden is no longer on the employee to make this claim – the onus is on the companies to prove that they are paying men and women equally as a matter of general review. Thus, women are not required to become detectives themselves (and risk their reputations and work relationships) to find out if they are being paid the same as their male colleagues.
2021: First woman sworn in as Vice President
On Inauguration Day, January 20th 2021, Kamala Harris was sworn in as Vice President of the United States. She took her Oath of Office with her hand on two stacked Bibles, one belonging to the late Supreme Court Justice and civil rights icon Thurgood Marshall, and the other belonging to a close family friend. Harris is only the third woman to be named a candidate for Vice President, and she is also the first woman, first Black woman, and first woman of South Asian descent to hold national office in America.
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