Picture tribute to inspiring North-East women on International Women's Day

Thursday, March 8, marks International Women's Day.

Thursday, 8th March 2018, 10:12 am
Updated Thursday, 8th March 2018, 10:15 am
Clockwise from left, singer Jade Thirlwall, hospice founder Alice Bendle and England women's football captain Steph Houghton.

Here, in recognition of the annual celebration, is a gallery of pictures of inspiring women from across the North East.

Many are household names for their achievements in a variety of fields such as entertainment, politics and sport.

Others have made their mark on a more local level by battling illness, campaigning for a particlar cause or through their work in industry or education.

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Remember too that this slideshow features only a relative handful of our heroines.

There are countless more we are only too happy to toast today.