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Secrets of the Sprakkar with First Lady Eliza Reid

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Join us for a book talk with Iceland's First Lady Eliza Reid when she discusses her new book Secrets of the Sprakkar. In a love letter to her adopted homeland of Iceland, Eliza Reid offers a window into a society that sees the benefits of gender equality and how people everywhere can work towards achieving it.

Join us for a book talk with Iceland's First Lady Eliza Reid when she discusses her new book Secrets of the Sprakkar. In a love letter to her adopted homeland of Iceland, Eliza Reid offers a window into a society that sees the benefits of gender equality and how people everywhere can work towards achieving it.

Through her own unconventional story and those of other sprakkar (Icelandic for extraordinary and outstanding women), Reid explores the unique combination of policy, people, and history that has resulted in Iceland topping the World Economic Forum's Gender Gap Index for the past 12 years.

Studies show increased equality leads to a happier, longer living, and more economically prosperous society for all its citizens. From parenting to politics, sexuality to sports, Reid examines what has led to this level of equality in Iceland and shares insights on how we can all help to level the playing field in our day-to-day living.

This event was originally scheduled for February 21. Any tickets purchased for February 21 will be honored at the May 6 event. Please contact programming@nordicmuseum.org if you have any questions.

About the Author & Moderator

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    Eliza Reid

    Eliza Reid is a journalist, editor, and cofounder of the annual Iceland Writers Retreat.

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    Eliza Reid_volcano photo_hi res

    Eliza Reid

    Eliza Reid is a journalist, editor, and cofounder of the annual Iceland Writers Retreat.

    Eliza Reid is a journalist, editor, and cofounder of the annual Iceland Writers Retreat. Eliza grew up on a hobby farm near Ottawa, Canada, and moved to Iceland in 2003, five years after winning a student raffle for a date with the man who later became her husband. That husband, Gudni Th. Jóhannesson, took office as president of Iceland on August 1, 2016 and Eliza became the country's First Lady.

    In that capacity, she has been active in promoting gender equality, entrepreneurship and innovation, tourism and sustainability, and the country' writers and rich literary heritage. Being the spouse of the head of state is an immense privilege, full of surreal and wonderful experiences. Eliza has been candid about the role, which is an unofficial position with no job description, penning a lauded op-ed in The New York Times and delivering a TEDx Talk on the topic. Eliza and Gudni have four children and she has an adult stepdaughter. This is her first book.

  • Patricia Murphy

    Patricia Murphy

    Patricia Murphy is an award-winning radio journalist who has covered justice, public health, military and veterans affairs for 20 years. She’s currently the host of KUOW’s daily news podcast, Seattle Now.

    Bio
    Patricia Murphy

    Patricia Murphy

    Patricia Murphy is an award-winning radio journalist who has covered justice, public health, military and veterans affairs for 20 years. She’s currently the host of KUOW’s daily news podcast, Seattle Now.

    Patricia Murphy is an award-winning radio journalist who has covered justice, public health, military and veterans affairs for 20 years. She’s currently the host of KUOW’s daily news podcast, Seattle Now.

    Her reporting has been recognized with an Edward R. Murrow Award for a 2005 documentary on IV drug use, and an Excellence in Health Care Journalism Award from the Association of Healthcare Journalists for a 2011 collaboration with the Seattle Times about chronic orthopedic injuries in the military.

    A 2018 series focusing on narratives of young people who carry guns won a regional Edward R. Murrow award for Excellence in Innovation. She’s also a member of the Dart Society -- a network of journalists who cover trauma, conflict, and social injustice.

    Patricia is a graduate of Boston’s Emerson College and a native of Clifton, New Jersey, where her first job was delivering The Herald News on her bicycle.