On the 19th of June Hjallastefnan schools will close at noon to celebrate the fact that on this day in 1915 women gained the right to vote. On this day in 1915, women aged 40 and over gained the right to vote, the voting age was to be lowered each year until it reached 25, the general voting age. This age regulation was unheard of elsewhere. However, after a contract with Denmark every Icelander gained the right to vote at 25 years in 1920.
It is clear that these rights changed the way democracy looked in Iceland and was a great victory for women, and 'workermen' who also gained the right to vote that same day. It is important to celebrate these rights which today we take for granted and to remember that change and equality takes work, which must never stop!
We hope that parents and care givers will be pleased with this half day off to continue the fight and celebrate victories!