International Women's Day: 26 of the most inspirational women in Sheffield

International Women's Day has arrived and The Star is celebrating all the fantastic females of Sheffield.

By Dan Windham
Friday, 08 March, 2019, 09:51
International Women's Day

The day is a rallying point in the movement for women's rights and today we are highlighting all the inspirational women that make Sheffield great.

Born in Sheffield in 1967, Oona King became only the second black women to be elected to Parliament when she won her seat at Bethnal Green and Bow in 1997. She was created a life peer in the House of Lords as Baroness King of Bow in 2011.
Born in Sheffield, AS Byatt is renowned across the world for her novels and short stories. She won the Booker Prize in 1990 and the Erasmus Prize for exceptional contribution to arts and culture.
Debjani Chatterjee MBE is an Indian-born British poet who lives in Sheffield. Debjani has written, translated, or edited more than 65 books, starting with the poetry collection I Was That Woman in 1989.
Amy was educated in Sheffield, gaining a degree in economics. She became famous across the world when she became the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia.
Laura is one of the UKs leading healthcare experts. She has spent decades carrying out ground-breaking research into inequalities in public health. She remains clinically active as well as being a first class researcher.
Ellie has cerebral palsy and competes for England in RaceRunning, a sport for disabled people with impaired balance. She created CP Teens UK which helps young people with cerebal palsy.
Julie is the Leader of Sheffield City Council. 'You dont have to have leader in your title to be a woman who leads'.
Paulette Edwards is a BBC Radio Sheffield presenter.She began with a show called New Black, focusing on the African Caribbean community, before moving to a mainstream, daytime programme.
Appointed first female editor of the Sheffield Star in April 2016; Nancy helped in the successful campaign for a Women of Steel statue. The public appeal raised 170,000 and was unveiled in June 2016.
Anne Wilson was born & bred in the steel city of Sheffield. Anne is an award winning Managing Director operating in the precision engineering sector who received an MBE for Services to Engineering in 2016.
A Paralympic Gold medallist and double world champion, Grace took up rowing in 2013 and began training on the High Performance Programme. She then began to train full-time with the GB para-rowing squad in January 2014.
She is the 2012 Olympic champion, three-time world champion and the 2010 European champion in her sport; the heptatholon. She has been described as a 'role model' and an 'inspirational figure' for women across the globe.
Helen Sharman became the first British astronaut when she launched on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft and spent eight days orbiting the Earth in May 1991. She received a BSc in chemistry at the University of Sheffield in 1984.

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June might just be one of the UKs oldest paid carers. June works for Home Instead Senior Care in Sheffield. Shes looked after for people for more than five years after deciding she needed a change.
She is the director of City & Cultural Engagement at the University of Sheffield and producer and curator of Festival of the Mind. An 'inspirational a fantastic leader and supporter of culture and creativity in the city.'
In 1997 Professor Shaw was appointed Professor of Neurological Medicine at the University of Newcastle and in 2000 was appointed as Professor of Neurology at the University of Sheffield.
Rachel's role as Principal Embryologist at Jessop Fertility, helping to reduce the risks to mother and child through reducing multiple pregnancies from treatments, led to her being awarded an MBE in 2015.
One of Sheffield's Women of Steel, Ruby worked at Flathers munitions factory in Tinsley from 1939, then left to have her son Graham in 1942, before returning again to work there until the end of the war.
Dorrett, who became an MBE in 2009, won the admiration of the Burngreave community when she decided to find somewhere for West Indian people to meet and socialise.
Sarah was the co-founder and director of Tramlines festival and long-time champion of the city's music scene. She took a small music event and turned it into the county's biggest urban music festival.
After a childhood tarnished by substance addiction and child abuse. Marti took to singing in working clubs before touring the country and growing to become an award winning entertainer.
Pamela was the first female Master Cutler and the first woman to be President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
One of Sheffield's Women of Steel, Kit became one of the first to answer the call for women to staff the foundries working at Moore & Wright before Hardy Patent Pick.
Won 7.6m with her husband Ray on the National Lottery. They gave most of their money away, changing the lives of countless people and becoming known as Sheffield's 'Lotto Angels'.
The only surviving Woman of Steel, part of a strong team of women who fought for the recognition of female steelworkers during the war. Aged 97, she worked rolling steel at Brown Bayleys in WWII.
One of Sheffield's four campaigning Women of Steel. Given the role of crane driver at English Steel during WWII, working 13-hour nights or 12-hour days, six days a week.