Hundreds of readers got in touch on the Shields Gazette Facebook page to post their touching memories and treasured pictures in tribute to mams, nanas, wives and other wonderful women.
Michelle Guerrier Lowdon said: My beautiful amazing Mum Anne Guerrier, the most selfless person I know! Not just my mum but my best friend. Love you so much Mum.
Photo: Michelle Guerrier Lowdon
Natalie Eglintine: My mam Maxine Martha Bell. I love this photo as it was the day she got told she would beat the cancer, so went for a drive to see all the Christmas decorations and we were able to get out the car at the most lit-up house in South tyneside as no one was around.
Photo: Natalie Eglintine
Tayla Jameson: My mam is my best friend. Absolutely amazing person, always willing to help anyone, and totally selfless. Love her more than she will ever know.
Photo: Tayla Jameson
8. Double trouble
Linda Ayre said: My mam Mandy Hearst, my best friend, the most selfless person I know.
Photo: Linda Ayre