Other groups behind the strike included Les Effrontées and Osez le Féminisme. The organizers said they were following the lead of Icelandic women who staged a similar walkout last month, although that demonstration ended the same day.
Two days after the Icelandic protest, the World Economic Forum released a report which found that at the rate most countries are taking to close their wage gaps, the global disparity won’t disappear for another 170 years. Other recent reports have made similar conclusions. And the disparity is only “the tip of the iceberg,” Osez le Féminisme said, noting that eight in 10 temporary workers in France were also women.
“We make up around 52 percent of the overall population,” Les Glorieuses said on its website. “We don’t want to wait until 2186 for equal salaries. We don’t want to wait 170 years for this parity.”
French women’s rights minister Laurence Rossignol said she supported Monday’s action, telling Le Parisien, “When women protest, they make visible what is invisible.”
French education minister Najat Belkacem, who previously served in Rossignol’s position, also publicly supported the action tweeting, “The fight for pay equality involves the whole of society. We cannot wait until 2186!”
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