‘Women of Steel’ in Barkers Pool, Sheffield. A permanent memorial dedicated to all the women who worked in Sheffield’s steel works during both world wars.
The statue was officially unveiled on Friday 17 June 2016.
During the two world wars most men of working age were away serving their country. Women from all over South Yorkshire , some as young as 14, were conscripted to work in steel works across the region. After the war, as men returned they were forced out of their jobs. The work undertaken by the women and their part in the wars was never publicly acknowledged. Only after a campaign and a visit by some of the women to Downing Street when Gordon Brown was Prime Minister was there any acknowledgement of their role. Gordon Brown was the first to publicly thank the women.
A campaign and public appeal headed by Women Of Steel Kathleen Roberts, Kit Sollitt, Ruby Gascoigne and Dorothy Slingsby, raised the £170,000 needed to commission the sculpture as a permanent memorial.
The bronze statue was created by sculptor Martin Jennings.