During both World Wars, thousands of women were conscripted to work in the factories and steel mills to keep them running whilst the men were away fighting.
The women took on these roles, which were often dangerous and physically demanding, alongside looking after their families.
The Women of Steel are an important part of Sheffield's history and an inspiration to young people today.
A public appeal has raised over £160,000 for a stunning bronze statue as a permanent memorial to the Women of Steel.
The statue was unveiled in Barker's Pool in the city centre on Friday 17th June 2016. Over 100 surviving Women of Steel came along to the unveiling ceremony and lunch in the City Hall Ballroom.
The statue is designed by sculptor Martin Jennings who worked closely with a group of Women of Steel to come up with the design. About the project.
We have also honoured each of the surviving Women of Steel and the families of those no longer with us with a commemorative medallion specially produced by the Sheffield Assay Office.
We have had such a fantastic response to the campaign that we commissioned a second run of medallions to be made. These are being posted out throughout August.
Unfortunately as of August 2016 we are no longer able to receive any more applications for medallions.