An illustration picture shows Iceland Krona coins in ice in Reykjavik March 6, 2012. REUTERS/Ingolfur Juliusson
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Other countries should follow Iceland which has become the first country to make it illegal to pay men more than women, politicians and equal rights campaigners said Wednesday."Iceland is ranked as world's most gender equal country by [the World Economic Forum] ... Clearly Iceland is very serious about gender equality," former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark wrote on Twitter.Equal rights researchers said they hoped Iceland's legislation would encourage others to follow suit in tackling the gender pay gap while also highlighting the need to address the lack of women politicians globally.The World Economic Forum reported last year reported an economic gap of 58 percent between the sexes and forecast women would have to wait 217 years before they earn as much as men and have equal representation in the workplace.
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