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

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.In another step towards equality, the Football Association of Finland is renaming its top women's division to remove the word "women."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 statement that symbolizes a bigger cultural change within the sports community and our society."READ: Bayern Munich fans protest at Champions League ticket prices

Another step

This isn't the first measure the Finnish football authorities have taken to become a more equal sport. Last year, it announced equal pay for both men and women players who compete for the Finnish national teams. "Last summer's FIFA Women's World Cup proved that people do not base their interest in football on the gender of the players," said Ari Lahti, president of the Football Association of Finland. "People come to the games to see top athletes play quality football. That is why women's football should be treated equally with men's football." READ: Saudi Arabia launches a soccer league for womenRead More – Source