The intent of Women’s History Month is to make people aware of the contribution women make to the world they live in.

Overall, their contribution has been important and valuable, but oftentimes unheralded.

Activists over the years worked earnestly to increase appreciation for the accomplishments and abilities that women possess. They pressed for acceptance and inclusion in a “man’s world” and they made great progress. Because of the efforts of those spokeswomen in the past, expanded venues are now open to women of all nationalities and backgrounds, and success in many cases has been remarkable.

Women’s History Month is observed worldwide. In 1911, March 8 was designated as International Women’s Day. In 1981, the observance expanded to the entire week of March 8, and in 1987 our Congress designated March as Women’s History Month in the United States.

From the beginning, the emphasis was on education - encouraging students and the public to learn about the role women had played throughout history and how much more they were capable of doing.

The theme this year is Women Inspiring Innovation through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. It’s a broad canvas and will include many accomplished women.

Pequot Lakes has been home to inspirational women of its own over the years. While they might not fit precisely into the categories designated in this year’s theme, they deserve recognition for their work in their chosen fields.

The Pequot Lakes Area Historical Society will have a display in the Pequot Lakes Library highlighting some of the noteworthy women who have called Pequot home. They, and many other women who have touched lives in a positive and inspiring manner, deserve the recognition and respect that is intended with Women’s History Month.

Please stop by the library beginning Friday, March 1, and become acquainted with a sampling of the women who helped make Pequot Lakes a good place to live. While you’re there, select a biography from the shelves and get more of the story.

(Karen Bye is president of the Pequot Lakes Area Historical Society.)