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Walking with the Women of Steel

Friday, May 3, 2013

Meg Munn MP was delighted to join this year’s Sheffield Star walk round Hillsborough Park. Back after a 12 year absence this year’s walk focused on the women who worked in the steel industry during the two world wars. A number of the women, including Meg’s constituent Kathleen Roberts, took part in the walk despite being in their 90s. 

Kathleen started the campaign to recognise the role of the women when she heard that, finally, the women of the Land Army and the armed forces were to be officially recognised for their war time contribution. She contacted the local paper, the Sheffield Star, who have taken up the cause and are backing the establishment of a permanent memorial. All the money raised by the walk will be going to fund the ‘Women of Steel’ statue designed by Martin Jennings. It depicts two young women wearing the ill-fitting men’s boiler suits. 

Meg said:

"It was a nice day for a walk and a privilege to walk alongside some of the women who kept our vital steel industry going during the Second World War. The total cost of the statue is 150,000 and I am sure that once people know the story of the women of steel they will want to make their contribution to this memorial."

To make a donation go to www.justgiving.com/womenofsteel/

For more information visit: http://www.megmunnmp.org.uk/press-view-entry.asp?type=Views&id=452

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Meg with some of the Women of Steel.

Meg with some of the Women of Steel.

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