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Lyda Newman. 1898. Synthetic Hairbrush.

The brushes include drawings from the patented design of Lyda Newman for a hairbrush with synthetic bristles. According to the text about her on the Lemelson-MIT Program website ““Lyda Newman was a remarkable Black female inventor who patented the first hairbrush with synthetic bristles. She is the third Black woman to ever receive a patent. She is also known for her activism in the women’s voting rights movement of the early 20th century.  

Lyda Newman was born in Ohio sometime between 1865 and 1885. Little is known of Newman’s personal life because women, especially Black women, were treated with disregard at that time. However, census records show that she spent most of her life living in New York City, working as a hairdresser. “

The Lemelson-MIT Program website further discusses Lyda Newman. “Newman’s decision to improve the design of the hairbrush derived from her own experience as a Black woman and as a hairdresser. She wanted the process of brushing hair to be more hygienic and efficient. Most hairbrushes at the time were made using animal hair, but the material was too soft to effectively treat the thicker texture of African American hair. Newman used synthetic fibers which were more durable and easier to clean. The brush contained evenly spaced rows of bristles with open slots to clear debris away from the hair into a recessed compartment. The back could be opened with a button for cleaning out the compartment. Newman received a patent for her invention on November 15, 1898. “ 

Every time I brush all three of my daughters’ hair, I think about this patent. My daughters have very, very sensitive scalps and for some reason they are all, despite their different textures, difficult to easily brush without pain and frustration. Recently, we had lice and the combing challenge (while using that lice comb) was exponentially increased! 


A link to her patent can be found here: https://patents.google.com/patent/US614335A


HERo: Suffragettes from historical photographs. “[Nine African-American women posed, standing, full length, with Nannie Burroughs holding banner reading, “Banner State Woman’s National Baptist Convention”]” and “”A year after women won full voting rights, these women joined in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Fifth Avenue on March 27, 1921.”

Link: Suffragette Photograph 1   https://www.loc.gov/resource/cph.3c06646/


Suffragette Photograph 2


Eliza L. Moore. 1873. Accouchement Couches.

HERo: Eliza L. Moore, inventor of patent No. 136,663 in 1973 for “Accouchement Couches” with are birthing chairs. “Be it known that I, ELIZA LAVINIA MOORE, of San Francisco city and county, State of California,have invented an Accouc’hement-Couch; and I do hereby declare the following’description and accompanying drawing are sufficient to enable any person skilled in the art or science to which it most nearly appertains to make and use my said invention without further invention or experiment.

– My invention relates to a couch or bed which is suitably constructed and provided with the necessary appliances to render it extremely convenient and useful in accouchement cases.”

Link: https://patents.google.com/patent/US136663A

Kate Greenaway. Author/Illustrator of children’s book “A Apple Pie”

HERo: Kate Greenaway, author of children’s book “A Apple Pie” from 1900. 

Link: https://www.loc.gov/item/85211404/

Kate Bouman

HERo: Kate Bouman, an American engineer and computer scientist who led development of an algorithm for imaging black holes. 

Margaret A. Wilcox. 1890. Combined Clothes and Dishwasher.

HERo: Margaret A. Wilcox, inventor of patent No. 426,486 for a Combined Clothes and Dishwasher in 1890. “Be it known that i, MARGARET A. VVILCOX, a citizen of the United States, residing at Chicago, in the county of Cook and State of Illinois, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Combined Clothes and Dish “Washers, of which the following’ is a specification, reference being had therein to the ac llhis improvement relates to a washing-machine of that class in which there is a fixed semicircular tank or tub to receive the operating’ parts, and which may also be utilized f for washing either ciothcs or dishessandthe invention consists in the peculiar arrangement, combination, and construction of parts, hereinafter described, and then definitely pointed ont in the claims.”

Link: https://patents.google.com/patent/US426486A

Bio Robots Can Now Reproduce and Experience Motherhood!

HERo: Mothers as linked to robots in this article “Bio Robots Can Now Reproduce and Experience Motherhood!”

Link: https://www.analyticsinsight.net/bio-robots-can-now-reproduce-and-experience-motherhood/

Historical Photograph of unknown relative.

Historical Photograph of unknown relative.

Historical Photograph of unknown relative.

Majority of People Working in Venture Capital are Men so startups run by white men are funded much more often.

“Tech Bro” Culture Gets the Most Funding

This article discusses a startup that seems to include only men. Another article discussing the company writes “Nevertheless, Inversion Space has already raised $10 million in seed money to fund its venture. Joining Y Combinator, a Silicon Valley incubator known for early investments in Airbnb and Stripe, the startup in question is one among the growing number of researchers and companies who are now looking to make commercial activities feasible in the skies and beyond.”

Baby Bottle Nipple Google & Duck-Duck-Go Searches

The background of the animation comes from my imagination when I think of baby bottles and feeding my twins, who had very intense feeding issues. In an effort to find images to use for this page, I tried to search for “nipple” on google and duck-duck-go. I have included my image search results here. You can see that the results are different from one another and from my search when I narrowed it to “bottle nipple”.