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Sheffield memorial for World War II Women of Steel

World War II Women
Women provided essential labour during World War II

A memorial is being created to honour women who worked in the Sheffield steel industry during World War II.

The workers, known as the Women of Steel, produced metal which was essential for the war effort.

Sheffield City Council discussed four different options for the permanent city centre memorial on Wednesday.

Its director of culture Paul Billington said the council would work with the surviving women and the public to choose a "fitting and popular" tribute.

'Back-breaking work'

He said: "These women carried out hard, sometimes back-breaking work, often at the same time as looking after families because the work was vital to the war effort.

"Through this memorial we want to pay tribute to the Women of Steel who are still living, and to the memory and families of all the women of steel.

"It's a significant Sheffield story and this memorial will help future generations understand more about the women's courage, endeavour and hard work during this dark period of history."

The four ideas range from an abstract, contemporary structure to a figurative bronze sculpture, commemorative plaques or a garden of remembrance.

The project will also include an educational programme for young people, including a time capsule containing photographs and other historical material.

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