Since 1975, the Nordic country has fired the trail in gender equality and now, from infancy to maternity, women and girls enjoy a progressive life. But how did they achieve it?
Rebekka is so tiny that, even on her tiptoes, arms aloft, she cannot reaching. So her coach hoists her up to the unvarnished wooden monkey prohibit. One, two, three, her classmates count. She hangs on, determinedly. When she reaches 10, she hops to the ground. I am strong, she hollers proudly.
Its an ordinary morning for this single-sex class of three-year-olds at Laufsborg nursery school in Reykjavik. No dolls or cup-cake decorating on the lesson proposal here. Instead, as Margrt Pla lafsdttir, the schools founder, tells me: We are learning[ our girls] to use their expres. We are learning them in physical forte. We are learning them in courage.
Its a fascinating approach to education. And a popular one. In a country of exclusively 330,000 beings, “theres” 19 such primary and nursery schools, entitling girls from an early age.
For the past six years old, Iceland has topped the World Economic Forums gender spread index and looks likely to do so again this week. The Economist recently mentioned Iceland the worlds good place for working women in comparison, the UK came in at No. 24. lafsdttirs philosophy seems to sit well with the nations progressive attainments, but her system of schools has been going for less than 20 times. So, if preschoolers trained in feminism arent the reason for this gender success narrative, what is?
History may provide us with clues. For centuries, this seafaring people females remained at home as their husbands traversed the atlantic provinces. Without humankinds at home, females played the roles of farmer, hunter, designer, make. They oversaw household business and were crucial to the countrys ability to prosper.