A Jury of Her Peers by Susan Glaspell

The word “feminism” means “the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men. The short story, “A Jury of Her Peers”, was written in 1917, and rediscovered in 1973. The story is now viewed a “feminist classic.” This is because in “A Jury of Her Peers” the women, Mrs.

Peters and Mrs. Hale, are portrayed as more intelligent than their male counterparts, Mr. Peters, and Mr. Hale, due to their success in finding evidence to support the idea that Mrs. Wright murdered her husband, Mr. Wright. The short story is also viewed as a “feminist classic” because in the end, Mrs.

Wright does not get in trouble for murdering her husband. The short story, “A Jury of Her Peers”, also had a high degree of significance from a historical context, because the story was written in 1917, when women were given the right to vote in state elections, which was also 3 years after the approval of the 19th Amendment. The story was rediscovered in 1973, when a series of events happened, such as the Roe vs Wade case, the first time no females were in the Senate for 24 years, Anne Armstrong becoming a Cabinet member, Bonnie Linda Tiburzi becoming the first female pilot for a US Airline, President Nixon pressing for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, Women’s Equality Day being approved by Senate and the President, and the “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match. The story, “A Jury of Her Peers”, was viewed as a “feminist classic” because the female characters in the story are portrayed as more intelligent than the men in the story. Mrs.

Peters and Mrs. Hales, throughout the whole story, look at small things, that the men, Mr. Hales, and Mr. Peters, believe do not matter while the men look for things that would be considered direct evidence for the case.

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