June 19th is a big day for Iceland’s suffrage centennial celebrants!

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Move over United States and let Iceland move into position as a trailblazer and one of the best nations in the world for women. This year Iceland celebrates its suffrage centennial of women voting for the past 100 years. But it’s more than the date. The buzz is about what Iceland has been able to accomplish since 1915 when women partially won the right to vote, and then in 1920 all Icelandic women stood in line before the ballot box.

For the past five years the World Economic Forum has applauded Iceland for having the smallest wage gender gap. An equal number of men and women are involved in government. And the nation elected its first woman president in 1980. In this year of Iceland’s suffrage observances, the Reykjavík City Council’s Presidential Committee is coordinating 100 activities, planned and produced by a wide variety of organizations. These events include art exhibits, rallies, issue campaigns, panel discussions, classes, festivals, and many special programs. June 19th is Women’s Rights Day in Iceland. On October 24th, women in Iceland go on strike to bring about an even better standing for wages. They’ve been doing this for the past 40 years.

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The exhibition “Visions of Women” from Iceland is based on photographs and documents from the years 1910 to 1920 when women in Iceland organized for the right to vote. The aim of the exhibition is to honor the women, their lives and times. A part of the exhibition is Guðrún Sigríður Haraldsdóttir´s multimedia installation “kven:vera.” The installation uses materials and methods the artist developed in her art practice in recent years. Tryggvagata 15, 1st floor. Entry free.

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