Finland ditches ‘women’ from football league name in another step towards equality

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It was the first country in the world to elect women to parliament, a little over a century ago, and in 34-year-old Sanna Marin, it has the world’s youngest sitting prime minister.
Formerly known as the “Women’s League,” from the start of the upcoming season, the highest level of competitive football for women will be called Kansallinen Liiga (National League).

“It is common within the sports community to talk about sports and women’s sports as if the latter would be less worthy when this of course is not the case,” said Heidi Pihlaja, head of women’s football development for the Football Association of Finland.

“Football is football — no matter who kicks the ball. Some might see changing the name as insignificant but actually it is a strong…

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