Lyda D. Newman
Who knew your everyday styling tool was invented by a Black woman? Newman created the improved model of hairbrush. She applied for a United States patent and it was granted on November 15, 1898. Information on Newman is limited, but her contributions to women goes far beyond beauty. She also organized African-American women to join the suffragist movement to earn their right to vote. According to Biography.com, Newman worked on behalf of her fellow African-American women in New York and canvassed her neighborhood to raise awareness of the cause and organized suffrage meetings in her voting district.