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Recognising the Women of Steel

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Meg Munn MP paid tribute to the ‘Women of Steel’ who have received recognition for their dedication to the war effort over 60 years ago. When the men of the city were called to arms in the Second World War it fell to the women of Sheffield to keep the steel mills running. When peacetime came, the women were thrown out of their jobs, and their role largely forgotten.


Meg said:


“I am delighted that the Women of Steel are receiving recognition for their invaluable work during World War Two. The four ladies who visited Westminster this week represent thousands of women who worked long shift in hazardous conditions to produce the supplies for the armed forces.”


Aptly known as the ‘Women of Steel’, Kathleen Roberts and Kit Sollitt, both 90, Dorothy Slingsby, 88, and Ruby Gascoigne, 87, visited Westminster to meet MPs. The four women travelled from Sheffield Station on a specially named train ‘Women of Steel Express’. They were representing over 100 women from all over the world who have campaigned for acknowledgment for their essential work during the war effort.


Meg is pictured with constituent Kit Sollitt who was 20 years old when the war broke out, and still has physical scars from molten metal. She was among the first group of women sent to work at Moore & Wright, assembling ratchets for micrometers. About a year into the war, Kit took on a job as a sandmiller in the casting section at Hardy Patent Pick on Little London Road.


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