Dinner set to honour city’s Women of Steel

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Businesswomen in Sheffield are backing a campaign to commemorate some of the city’s unsung heroines.

Inspiring Women, a forum of Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, has joined forces with Sheffield City College to honour the city’s Women of Steel at a charity dinner tonight, at the college’s Sparks restaurant.

All money raised will go towards the £150,000 campaign to commission a Women of Steel statue in the city centre, honouring the bravery of Sheffield women, now aged in their 80s and 90s, whose work ethic and bravery went unrecognised for years.

Julie Byrne, college principal, said: “These fantastic women are great role models for young women, who wish to pursue a career not normally associated with females.”

Kate Stephenson, Inspiring Women chairman, said: “The Women of Steel played an essential role in the war, and we need to show our gratitude to them.

“It’s sad it’s taken this long for them to be recognised.”