Women of Interest – Lyda Newman

Lyda Newman was born in 1885 in Ohio. She received a patent November 15, 1898, for an improved hair brush design that was very hygienic: it could be taken apart for easy cleaning. Newman was an African-American hairdresser by trade. She was also a Women’s Rights Activist and was instrumental in organizing the African-American Branch of the Women’s Suffrage Movement. Not a lot is known about Newman’s personal life; however limited information can be found at the following websites:


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