The Icelandic parliament has presented a bill that would require public and private businesses to prove they offer equal pay to employees, in what would be the first such requirement in the world. Currently, Iceland is ranked first in the World Economic Forum’s 2015 Global Gender Gap Index, while the United States is ranked 45. In 2006, the United States was ranked 23rd.
While Iceland achieved history, the United States observed Tuesday as Equal Pay Opportunity Day. While a number of individuals have called to bridge the pay gap in the country, the Donald Trump-led administration revoked the 2014 Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces order then-President Barack Obama put in place to ensure that companies with federal contracts comply with 14 labour and civil rights laws on March 27.
Trump’s move comes at time when The World Economic Forum report also suggested that it would take at least another century and a half before the gender pay gap will be equal.