Icelandic women and Icelandic girls are awesome. I know I'm pretty biased since I am one myself, but the rest of the world seems to be taking notice of this too. People around the world have often heard about the strong and independent Icelandic women. Or at least that's what some of the messages I receive indicate. Picture by Steve C. A while ago I was being interviewed by a girl from Kenya who wanted to know more about Icelandic women and what they are like - and why exactly they are so strong and independent. What is it in the Icelandic society that allows for such equality to grow and thrive? It's interesting however why these two women were being thrown into the international spotlight, one for showing a breast and the other one for leaving a competition that's based on women's physical beauty. Is that all that the world cares about? Nudity and beauty?
Icelandic Women in International Media
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Women in Iceland generally enjoy good gender equality. Iceland is arguably one of the world's most feminist countries, having been awarded this status in for the second year in a row. Iceland enjoys the smallest overall gender gap, according to the World Economic Forum ranking Global Gender Gap Report , a position it has held since In Iceland had a The pay gap between women and men is decreasing at a rate which would lead to parity in The settler Aud the Deep-Minded was one of the earliest known Icelandic women. During the Viking Age , Norse women worked in farming and commerce alongside men, and were often left in charge while their husbands were away or had been killed. Iceland exported shaggy cloaks to Europe. Viking Age society was male-dominated, with defined gender roles.
By Staff Jan 23 Visiting the town One of the many photographs of Icelandic women and girls in traditional costumes found in the Daniel Bruun collection of the Danish National Museum. The Danish National Museum has a large collection of photographs, many of which are available online. Since Iceland was a part of the Danish Kingdom until , the museum contains a fascinating collection of old photographs taken in Iceland around the turn of the century Among these collections is the Daniel Bruun collection. Daniel Bruun was an officer in the Royal Danish Navy and a prolific archeologist and ethnographer. In the years , and Bruun traveled widely in North Africa, excavating archeological sites in Tunisia and Algiers, as well as collecting a wealth of ethnographic materials.