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Meeting a Women of Steel

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Meg Munn MP recently met Kathleen Roberts, a former steel worker from the Second World War. Kathleen is an advocate and fundraiser for the Women of Steel sculpture that will be raised in Sheffield to recognize the contributions that female steelworkers made toward the war effort. She said the idea came to her when the women of the Land Army and the armed forces were recognized, but the Women of Steel had garnered little public notice.

Kathleen learned to maintain machines when many qualified male engineers were called to duty, and had to resist prejudice from male co-workers and supervisors. She and her colleagues worked 12 hour days and 12 hour nights six days a week in order to keep the Sheffield steel industry going and vital parts flowing to the troops overseas. 

It has been 70 years since then and Kathleen says that working for the war effort made her strong. Afterwards she felt like she could stand on her own two feet, make her own decisions, and earn her own living. Kathleen wants to celebrate all of the sacrifices made by the Women of Steel by erecting a statue in Sheffield. She hopes that once built, it will receive wreaths on Memorial Day or flowers for a grandmother’s birthday in recognition of the valiant war efforts of the Women of Steel.

Meg said:

“It is incredible to hear Kathleen’s story and spirit. The Women of Steel were such strong individuals that knew they could accomplish anything if they put their minds to it. This statue will serve as an inspiration to all as a tribute to the Women of Steel’s spirit and their invaluable contributions during the Second World War.”

For more information on the Women of Steel and the statue fundraising efforts please visit: https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/planning-and-city-development/urban-design--conservation/public-art/women-of-steel.html

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