Emily Richards (Hopkins) New Yorker work: 2004 – . Born, Boston, Massachusetts, 1970. Grew up in Oregon, Hawaii, West Virginia, and Virginia. Attended Williams College and West Virginia University. Received a masters degree at Johns Hopkins University. Worked, initially, as a New Yorker fact checker before becoming a New Yorker cartoonist. When Ms. Richards married New Yorker cartoonist Marshall Hopkins they became the third married New Yorker cartoonist couple in the magazine's history (Mary Petty & Alan Dunn were the first, Liza Donnelly & Michael Maslin were the second). Ms. Richards (Hopkins) is the first known black female New Yorker cartoonist.
Sunday, March 22, 2020
Was Emily Richards the first black female New Yorker cartoonist in 2004?
New Yorker cartoon expert (and cartoonist) Michael Maslin has written in with a correction to the stories about Liz Montague being the first black female cartoonist. Michael publishes Ink Spill, an excellent blog on NY'r cartoons:
The first known black female New Yorker cartoonist is Emily Richards.
You'll see that Emily's A-Z entry notes she is the first known black female NYer cartoonist. We'll never know if she's the first. There are too many unknown cartoonists on the Spill's New Yorker Cartoonists A-Z.