SHE used to be the cat's mother, but now She is the YWCA's latest project.
She: true stories, ordinary and extraordinary is a story and photo competition aimed at celebrating the women of Newcastle and their contributions to the community.
Carol Edmonds from the Newcastle library and YWCA volunteer Alissa Coons, partnered the Hunter region's YWCA to archive women's roles in Newcastle.
The She project aims to give women an outlet to tell their stories and be proud of their role in Newcastle's history.
"We wanted a project that would bring the community together to celebrate women," Mrs Coons said.
The YWCA approached the library about a women-focused project, and Mrs Coons's background in journalism sparked her curiosity about local, everyday women and their hidden stories.
"All these women have stories to tell," she said.
The YWCA and Newcastle Library invites all Newcastle women to submit a 500-word (maximum) story or a photograph.
Entries can be personal accounts or a story about an inspirational friend of a friend.
For women who are not confident about their writing or photography skills, there will be a photography workshop on November 2 at Newcastle City Library and a writing workshop on October 26 at Wallsend District Library.
The works will be exhibited on the internet and at the Lovett Gallery in Newcastle Region Library from February to March.
■ To register for a workshop phone 4974 5300. Enter a 500-word (maximum) story and photograph at shetruestories.org/competition-entry by November 8.