International Women’s Day event in Sheffield today

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An event is being held in Sheffield today to celebrate women across the world for International Women’s Day.

The day has been celebrated every year since 1911, and today people of Sheffield are being invited to take part.

Sheffield’s own Women’s Hub will be hosting an all day event called Make It Happen from noon at the Town Hall.

Activities will include workshops, question and answer sessions with inspiring women, an information hall and a fashion show.

Sheffield Council leader councillor Julie Dore said: “International Women’s Day is an important event in that it serves as an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women across the world.

“However, it is also so much more than that. It is a day to reflect upon the struggles that women have faced in our fight for equality, and remember that that fight is far from over.

“Of the 650 MPs in Parliament, just 148 are women, and just five per cent of the FTSE 100 companies are headed by female CEOs.

“At the same time, 40 years after the Equal Pay Act was introduced, women still earn far less than men, which is something I feel should be tackled not just by women, or by those who identify as feminists, but by all of society.

“I hope that, this International Women’s Day, people across Sheffield will take the time to think about these issues and perhaps look more closely into what we can do both individually, and collectively, to strive for a fairer society.”

The day will be held from noon to 5pm at Sheffield Town Hall today.