Secrets of the Sprakkar: Iceland's Extraordinary Women and How They Are Changing the World

Secrets of the Sprakkar: Iceland's Extraordinary Women and How They Are Changing the World

by Eliza Reid
Secrets of the Sprakkar: Iceland's Extraordinary Women and How They Are Changing the World

Secrets of the Sprakkar: Iceland's Extraordinary Women and How They Are Changing the World

by Eliza Reid

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"Secrets of the Sprakkar is a fascinating window into what a more gender-equal world could look like, and why it's worth striving for. Iceland is doing a lot to level the playing field: paid parental leave, affordable childcare, and broad support for gender equality as a core value. Reid takes us on an exploration not only around this fascinating island, but also through the triumphs and stumbles of a country as it journeys towards gender equality."

Hillary Rodham Clinton

Iceland is the best place on earth to be a woman—but why?

For the past twelve years, the World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap Report has ranked Iceland number one on its list of countries closing the gap in equality between men and women. What is it about Iceland that makes many women's experience there so positive? Why has their society made such meaningful progress in this ongoing battle, from electing the world's first female president to passing legislation specifically designed to help even the playing field at work and at home? And how can we learn from what Icelanders have already discovered about women's powerful place in society and how increased fairness benefits everyone?

Eliza Reid, the First Lady of Iceland, examines her adopted homeland's attitude toward women—the deep-seated cultural sense of fairness, the influence of current and historical role models, and, crucially, the areas where Iceland still has room for improvement. Reid's own experience as an immigrant from small-town Canada who never expected to become a first lady is expertly interwoven with interviews with dozens of sprakkar ("extraordinary women") to form the backbone of an illuminating discussion of what it means to move through the world as a woman, and how the rules of society play more of a role in who we view as "equal" than we may understand. Secrets of the Sprakkar is a powerful and atmospheric portrait of a tiny country that could lead the way forward for us all.



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ISBN-13: 9781728242163
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 02/08/2022
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 41,408
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 5.70(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Author's Note ix

Chapter 1 An Immigrant in Iceland 1

Chapter 2 Helping Parents Helps Us All 22

The Saga-Era Sprakki Who Defied Convention 45

Chapter 3 The Strength in Sisterhood 47

Chapter 4 Stigma-Free Sexuality 70

The No-Holds-Barred Sprakki of the Middle Ages 93

Chapter 5 Claiming the Corporate Purse Strings 95

Chapter 6 Being Seen and Heard in the Media 117

The Undaunted Sprakki Who Fought for Nature 137

Chapter 7 Finding Harmony in the Wild 140

Chapter 8 Art as an Instrument of Equality 160

The Sprakkar Who Rallied a Nation 183

Chapter 9 No Woman Is an Island 186

The Sprakki Who Shattered the Glass Ceiling 206

Chapter 10 Politics on Her Own Terms 209

Chapter 11 Within Reach 231

Acknowledgments 248

Appendix 1 List of Interviews 252

Appendix 2 Further Reading 255

Reading Group Guide 258

Endnotes 261

Index 271

About the Author 278

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