The Mary Spratt Breakfast held at Cecil St every March commemorates Mary Spratt, a longtime steelworker activist who worked at the Inglis plant. She was one of the "bren gun girls" who worked in the plant during World War II, when the men went off to war. These girls were the equivalent of "Rosie the Riveter" in the United States, and proved beyond any doubt that women were equal to men in the workforce. When the men came home, she was one of the few women who were able to stay at Inglis. She became a well known rank and file activist.
Mary Spratt started working at the Inglis factory in Toronto in 1944 and along with Bev Brown were very instrumental in the woman's movement within the Union. Her resume as an activist at Inglis is quite extent being on the executive as the recording secretary as well as the only woman on the Executive at Local 2900 as well as the negotiations committee a jaw dropping 7 times until the 1980s. On a artistic note she was a guest singer of the national anthem at union conferences. Without question, she is remembered as one of the true pioneers of the women's movement in the USWA. For 30 years, encouraged by John Fitzpatrick, she would be one of only a few women delegates at Steelworker Conferences, the OFL, or other union functions. She is remembered for sitting on the executive of the Steelworker Toronto Area Council and at the Toronto and York Region Labour Council where she was a strong advocate for women's rights. She always wore a Steelworker jacket and was and continues to be an inspiration to younger women following in her footsteps.