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Eliza Reid

Reykjavík, Iceland
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About Eliza
I am the editor of Icelandair Stopover, Icelandair's current in-flight magazine (since early 2012). I was also the Morning Brief editor on Canada's award-winning source for breaking political news, information and analysis, iPolitics (2010-2016).
As a freelance writer, I have covered a wide range of topics and was a staff writer at Iceland Review (a quarterly specialist publication on Iceland) and Atlantica (the former in-flight magazine for Icelandair) from 2005 until the end of 2008. 
I am also a regular commentator on Icelandic current affairs for foreign media, and have made appearances appearances on BBC Radio Scotland, CBS Radio (US), CBC television and CBC radio (Canada), France 24, and RTE (Ireland).
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Praise for Eliza Reid's 'Secrets of the Sprakkar'

04 Apr 2024  |  simonandschuster.ca
The article presents a series of endorsements and reviews for Eliza Reid's book 'Secrets of the Sprakkar', which explores gender equality in Iceland. The book is praised for its insightful look into the Icelandic approach to gender equity and the role of women in society. Various authors and personalities, including Hillary Rodham Clinton and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks, commend Reid's work for its warmth, honesty, and the detailed portrayal of her journey from Canada to becoming Iceland's First Lady. The book is described as a mix of memoir and current affairs, offering a hopeful and inspiring view of what a gender-equal world could look like, based on the Icelandic experience.

Iceland’s Storytel Awards to Celebrate Best Audiobooks of the Year

30 Mar 2023  |  easternherald.com
The Storytel Awards, Iceland's audiobook prize, will be held at Harpa's Norðurljós for the fourth time, celebrating the best audiobooks of the year. Hugleikur Dagsson will host the event, which includes awards in six categories and a special prize for audio series. The nominees were selected through a public election and then evaluated by professional juries led by Elva Ósk Ólafsdóttir, Rebekka Sif Stefánsdóttir, and Gunnar Árnason. Lísa Bjarkar Óskarsdóttir, Managing Director of Storytel in Iceland, highlighted the growth in audiobook production. The article lists nominees across various categories, including novels, criminal stories, non-fiction, youth and children's books, sweet reading, and audio series, with details on authors, translators, readers, and publishers.

Iceland's First Lady: What my country has learned about gender equality

08 Mar 2023  |  cnn.com
Eliza Reid, the First Lady of Iceland, reflects on her experiences of gender equality in Iceland, a country that has led the World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap index for over a decade. She recounts personal anecdotes, such as her husband taking paternity leave and her daughter having her surname, to illustrate the societal norms in Iceland. Despite the progress, Reid acknowledges that Iceland is not a 'gender paradise,' citing the lack of female leadership in listed companies and discrimination against women of foreign origin. She discusses the country's policies that support gender equality, like parental leave and subsidized child care, and emphasizes the importance of individual actions in promoting gender equality. Reid concludes by encouraging recognition of 'sprakkar,' or extraordinary women, on International Women's Day.

Secrets of the Sprakkar: Iceland’s Extraordinary Women and How They Are Changing the World

12 Feb 2023  |  washingtonpost.com
Jane Smiley reviews Eliza Reid's book 'Secrets of the Sprakkar,' which explores the lives and successes of Icelandic women, known as 'sprakkar.' Reid, the first lady of Iceland, uses interviews and historical accounts to portray a society striving for gender equality. The book covers various topics, including the success of women in different fields, the importance of education, and the challenges of motherhood in corporate environments. Reid also shares her experience visiting a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan, emphasizing the need for gender equality to include all women. Smiley appreciates Reid's honest and amusing writing style and recommends the book, highlighting Iceland as a potential model for gender parity worldwide.

Iceland's Leadership in Gender Equality

03 Aug 2022  |  rehabmagazine.ca
Eliza Reid, the first lady of Iceland, attributes the country's success in closing the gender gap to its inherent sense of fairness and the influence of Sprakkar, which refers to Iceland's remarkable women role models. Iceland has been recognized by the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report as the leading nation for twelve consecutive years in achieving gender equality. The article presents Iceland as an exemplary model for gender equality, suggesting that other countries could learn from its approach.

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