Ethel McClelland Plummer

(1878–1936) Ethel was an artist, socialite and a supporter of suffrage. She exhibited her work along with other female artists to support this cause. Ethel joined with a group of women who crashed a male-only boxing match to plead for the right to vote. The women were arrested for trespassing.

Ethel was the Vice President of the Society of Illustrators and Artists and exhibited at the Society of Independent Artists in 1910, the MacDowell Club in 1915, and the Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture by Women Artists for the Benefit of Woman Suffrage Campaign at the Macbeth Gallery (1915).

1915 was a big year for her work; a poster she designed included a soon to be familiar female figure in the fight for voting rights. The caption read: "You ask us to attend shows with you, and join you for dinner, and marry you, so why don't you ask us to vote with you?" NY TIMES MAGAZINE, 10/3/1915.

In 1925, Ethel Plummer became the first woman artist published in The New Yorker, with her work chosen for the inaugural issue.

Green-Wood Cemetery

Section 113, Lot 16812—unmarked grave

500 25th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232

Kings County

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