In his letter of June 7, Neil Theasby is absolutely right to point out that the Memorial to the Women of Steel should recognise the efforts of women in both World Wars – this is especially poignant as we approach the Centenary of the beginning of World War One next year.
In designing the statue the artist, Martin Jennings, has been careful to choose clothing and trades that could span both World Wars and the simple slate base will bear the inscription Women of Steel, 1914-1918; 1939-1945. The fantastic artist’s model for the statue is in the foyer of the Millennium Gallery (Arundel Gate entrance).
The appeal to raise the money to get the statue in place is justifiably receiving a lot of popular support and readers are encouraged to make a donation at www.justgiving.com/womenofsteel
You can find out more about the memorial to the Women of Steel at www.sheffield.gov.uk/womenofsteel
Recognising that the statue would take some time to complete the council installed a plaque in Barker’s Pool in November 2011. The wording on the plaque reads: ‘In recognition of the women of Sheffield who served the country by working in the steel industry and factories during World War I and World War II. The people of Sheffield will always remember with gratitude these Women of Steel.’
Public Art Officer, Sheffield City Council