Why thousands of women walked out of their offices at exactly 2:38 pm
At 2:38 pm on Monday, October 24, thousands of women workers across the capital of Reykjavik, Iceland exited their workplaces and gathered in the center square.
This wasn't due to any sort of emergency precaution, test drill or grand town meeting – but it certainly was for a cause.
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Surprisingly enough, women in Iceland earn between 14 to 18 percent less than their male colleagues on average, reports Expert Market.
To put this in a shocking frame of reference, by comparison to men, this means after 2:38 pm on workdays, women are essentially working for free.
Grapevine reported that in a whopping 11 years, only three more minutes of equal pay have been gained in bridging the gap between men and women in the country.
As The Independent reports, it will take 52 years at this rate to bridge the gap completely.
Something tells us that the women of Iceland won't wait be waiting five more decades for a change.
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