Women have always been in shadow; they really always needed a good marketing plan. In the last few centuries, their contributions to America have been buried and ignored; if only social media was around then, they would've been big! If you dig, they are hiding within the pages of history, waiting to be unearthed and acknowledged like they never were in their own time. This marketing blog should give you insight on the kinds of women that were forgotten. Women small business owners were often forgotten as well. "Agent 355": A Key Spy for George Washington No one knows her name, but this agent during the Revolutionary War helped George Washington win key battles due to her intelligence. Part of one of America's first spy rings, "Agent 355" was seen merely as a socialite at Manhattan dinner parties during the late 1700's. As we went to soirees and attended social events in British-occupied New York City, she gathered intelligence about the next moves of the British army and their plans. Perhaps, without this woman, the Revolutionary War would never have been won. People have forgotten this woman since, but at the time, she was known for her rapacious wit and indelible charm. She probably never would have gotten caught, as she was as innocuous as a fly on a wall. Little did the British know that this little woman had enormous power and influence. Septima Poinsette Clark: "The Grandmother of the Civil Rights Movement" Clark was a teacher in the 1920's when she recognized that there were no black principals in her home city of Charleston. She petitioned the NAACP to try to make her dream of having a black leader in a school a reality. Because of her signed petitions that circulated the area, there was finally a black principal hired in Charleston in her time. She worked for the rest of her life to teach literacy to black adults and won a Living Legacy award from Jimmy Carter in 1979. She wrote autobiographies about her life, and her second one, called Ready from Within: Septima Clark and the Civil Rights Movement, won the American Book Award. It's likely that breaking down these doors helped the black community in a bigger way than just the educational system; she probably helped black small business owners and others as well. Sylvia Mendez: Fighting for Equal Educational Rights Sylvia Mendez was born in Orange County, California to Puerto Rican parents and was not allowed to go to school with the other kids. She was forced to go to school with other "dark-skinned", Mexican students; in a time before social media, there was little newspaper coverage. Her parents sued the school in Mendez vs. Westminster, in 1946, which brought a final end to segregation of schools in Orange county. In 2011, President Obama awarded her the Medal of Freedom for her courage and bravery in the face of oppression. Maya Lin: An Architect to Acknowledge Maya Lin was an architecture student at Yale at 21 years old when she entered to create the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington. Amazingly and at such a young age, she won and created something that will never be forgotten. Four million people visit the memorial each year, and she went on to create the Civil Rights memorial in Montgomery, Alabama and several other memorials that can be found throughout the nation. Don't forget that it was she who created such masterpieces. Her incredible talent can be found in several places in this country, but she is largely forgotten as the brilliant mind that she is: again, no marketing to promote her, no marketing plan to place her in the forefront.