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A New Law In Iceland Says That Men And Women Must Receive Equal Pay

Hell yes, Iceland!

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Here's some A+ news to kickstart 2018 in a positive way: Iceland is now requiring companies to pay men and women equally with the risk of being fined if they do not.

Happy 2018! Iceland has just made it illegal for men to be paid more money than women for comparable jobs. This i… https://t.co/2mybf5nV8H

According to CNN, the country is dedicated to completely eliminating the pay gap by the year 2022.

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Unfortunately, the US is a bit far from making this important step happen, since the Trump administration halted an Obama initiative that would have reduced the gender pay gap.

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A number of celebrities have spoken up about the importance of closing the gender pay gap, including Jennifer Lawrence in her Lenny Letter, Patricia Arquette's Oscar speech, and, more recently, when Catt Sadler left E! after discovering she was being paid significantly less than her male coworker.

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People took to Twitter to show their enthusiasm and support for Iceland's new law:

Iceland just made it illegal for men to be paid more than women for doing the same job/work...Definitely a great start to 2018 for them!

Reading this feels so good. Well done Iceland! We can learn from you. Sincerely, The Rest of the World https://t.co/RV83ePMpet

It’s now criminal in Iceland to pay women less than men. It’s part of the country’s effort to close the gender pay… https://t.co/ltnW8vcrhF

Good job, Iceland! Let's hope the rest of the world can get onboard soon.

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