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