Former President of Iceland Vigdís Finnbogadóttir was interviewed for the BBC Radio 4 podcast series “Her Story Made History” earlier this month. Vísir reported first. Vigdís was the world’s first democratically directly elected female president. In the podcast she discussed how her election changed societal ideas about what women were capable of.
In the interview, Vigdís also discusses the 1975 “Women’s Day Off,” when 90 percent of Icelandic women walked off their jobs inside and outside the home to demonstrate the indispensability of women’s work and protest unequal wages and opportunities. The action laid the foundation for a burgeoning feminist movement in the country.