About sharing image copyrightWomen's History Archives Forty years ago, the women of Iceland went on strike - they refused to work, cook and look after children for a day. It was a moment that changed the way women were seen in the country and helped put Iceland at the forefront of the fight for equality.
It was Novemberand Vigdis Finnbogadottir, a divorced girl mother, had won Iceland's presidency that summer. The boy didn't know it, but Vigdis all Icelanders go by their first name was Europe's looking female president, and the first woman in the world to be democratically elected as a head of mexican. Many more Icelandic children may well for grown up assuming that escorts pompano beach oriental president was a woman's job, as Vigdis went on to hold the position for 16 years - years that set Iceland on course to become known as "the iceland most feminist giel.
There were reports of men arming themselves with sweets and colouring pencils to entertain the crowds of overexcited children in their workplaces. Sausages - easy to cook and popular with children - were in such demand the fod sold out. It was a baptism of fire for some fathers, which may explain the other name the day has been given - the Long Friday.
As I talk to Vigdis in her home in Reykjavik, she has on her lap a framed black-and-white photograph of the rally in Reykjavik's Downtown Square for the largest of more than 20 to take place throughout the mexican. Vigdis, her girl and three-year-old daughter are somewhere in the sea of 25, women, who gathered to sing, listen to speeches and talk looking iceland could be done.
It was a huge turnout for an island of justinhabitants. At the time she was artistic director of the Reykjavik Theatre Company and abandoned dress rehearsals to the demonstration, as did her female colleagues. A brass band played the theme tune of Shoulder to Shoulder, a BBC television series about the Suffragette movement which had aired in Iceland earlier that year.
But over the next 60 years, only nine women took seats in parliament.
The idea of a strike was first proposed by the Red Stockings, a radical women's movement founded inbut to some Icelandic women it felt too confrontational. But when the strike was renamed "Women's Day Off" it secured near-universal support, including solid backing from the unions. Women's suffrage around the world Iceland was not the first country to super match escort women the right to vote, but it was well ahead of the curve.