City celebrates its five leading ladies

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HERE come the girls!

A celebration event is being held to mark the fact five of the most significant posts in South Yorkshire are currently held by women - for the first time ever.

The leading ladies will take to Sheffield Hallam University’s Pennine Theatre stage on Wednesday, January 25, to talk about their key roles in the city.

The evening will feature Pam Liversidge, the first female Master Cutler chosen by the company since it was founded in 1624.

She is a former High Sheriff of South Yorkshire, and received an OBE in 1999 for services to engineering.

Pam will be joined by Suzanne Liversidge - the first woman president of Sheffield Chamber of Commerce in its 154 year history and a former Sheffield Businesswoman of the Year.

Also on the platform will be Julie Kenny, who will soon take over as High Sheriff of South Yorkshire and is chairwoman of Yorkshire Forward.

They will be joined by Coun Sylvia Dunkley, Sheffield’s 15th female Lord Mayor since Ann Longden in 1936, and Coun Julie Dore, the leader of Sheffield city council and an Arbourthorne ward councillor for 11 years.

Coun Dore said all of the women were good role models.

She added: “We are in a position to celebrate the fact the country’s fourth biggest city has five leading ladies – I think it deserves a place in history.

“I’m excited and honoured to be part of this event because I will be able to learn from the other strong, powerful women about how they got to where they are, what barriers they faced and their plans for the future.

“Girls aged eight to early and late teens are surrounded by celebrities that lead them to believe they can become famous for simply being on a reality TV show.

“We can show girls and women working hard at something you believe can lead to success.”

The event is at 7.30pm.