Finnish work on gender equality is founded on the Government Programme and Government´s action plans for gender equality as well as the Sports Act and the policies issued by the Ministry of Education and Culture.
"Spikes Prize" is awarded annually for merits in promoting equality and plurality in sport. The Spikes Equality Award 2016 was handed to the "Coach like a woman" project.
Women first appeared at the games in demonstrations and exhibitions. Finnish Ms Walborg Florström gave an exhibition in diving in London Olympics 1908, first time women appeared at the Olympics in an aquatic event. Two women swimmers, Regina Kari and Tyyne Järvi, competed officially for Finland at the 1912 Olympic Games in Stockholm in women´s 100 metre freestyle.
Ludowika Jakobsson was a German-Finnish figure skater. Competing in pair skating with skating partner and husband Walter Jakobsson, she won the gold medal at the 1920 Summer Olympics.
The City of Lahti organize the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships for seventh time between 22nd February and 5th March. No other place has hosted this event so many times. Over the 12 days more than 700 athletes from 60 different countries compete in 21 disciplines.
Finland100 – centenary championships hostess is Marja-Leena Kirvesniemi, former cross country skier with three golds in Nordic World Ski Championships and three gold medal in Olympics. Other successful women in skiing are Siiri Rantanen, Helena Takalo, Hilkka Riihivuori and Taina Impiö, all of them have gained gold in Lahti Championships.
Among the four nominees where two women and the winner was Ms Elina Paasonen, a Finnish journalist and photographer.
Unlike 100 years ago, women's participation today in competitive sports is self-explanatory.