A group of inspiring women will be gathering at Sheffield Town Hall this Saturday (8 March) on International Women’s Day to talk about women’s issues in the city.

International Women’s Day was founded in 1911 in the struggle for women’s right for fair pay and working conditions, universal suffrage and equal rights.

Sheffield Women’s Network is hosting the free event, between 10am to 1pm, with the theme of ‘Inspiring Change’, encouraging support for women’s equality. The aim is to challenge the status quo, and inspire positive change.

Councillor Jackie Drayton, Chair of Sheffield Women’s Network and Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families, said:

“Sheffield Women’s Network continue to fight for equality and women’s rights and to celebrate the lives of women, from past to present, here in Sheffield and all over the world.”

The event will also raise funds for the Women of Steel statue, and continue to raise the profile of what they achieved in Sheffield and beyond.

Councillor Drayton continued:

“All girls and women in Sheffield are welcome to come along to the event, hear the incredible story of the Women of Steel, and then participate in workshops exploring many aspects of women’s experiences today.

We’re looking at a number of key issues, from domestic violence to encouraging more women to go into leadership roles in the workplace, to women as carers and encouraging more young women into non- traditional jobs in engineering, science and manufacturing.  We’ll also be reflecting back over the last 100 years of change for women, hearing international women’s stories of their journeys to Sheffield and celebrating women who have inspired us.

International Women’s Day is a great opportunity to channel the spirit of steel we know Sheffield girls and women have always had, and use this to inspire other women and girls in the next generation.”