Gender and Leadership in Iceland: The Journey to the Top of the Global Gender Gap Index

  • Inga Minelgaite
  • Svala Guðmundsdóttir
  • Árelía E. Guðmundsdóttir
  • Olga Stangej
Part of the Contributions to Management Science book series (MANAGEMENT SC.)


The fact that Iceland has been acknowledged at the top of the Global Gender Gap Index for 7 consecutive years has raised interest not only among scholars and practitioners but also the media. A range of documentaries has been produced, and international periodicals such as the Guardian, Al Jazeera, Reuters, BBC, Washington Post, and others have covered the story on why this is the case. In this chapter, Icelandic society’s impressive journey to the top of the Global Gender Gap Index is described.


Global Gender Gap Index Gender equality Iceland 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Inga Minelgaite
    • 1
  • Svala Guðmundsdóttir
    • 1
  • Árelía E. Guðmundsdóttir
    • 1
  • Olga Stangej
    • 2
  1. 1.University of IcelandReykjavikIceland
  2. 2.Institute of Quality Management and Business Administration (IQB-FHS)FHS St. Gallen, University of Applied SciencesSt. GallenSwitzerland

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