Zoom into a more detailed image of this illustration. Study carefully the expressions–both facial and body–of each woman in this illustration. Use one adjective and one verb to describe each woman based on your analysis of their expressions.
The full title of this illustration is “Studies in expression. When women are jurors.” This 1902 illustration provided a social commentary on women acting as jurors in U.S. courtrooms. What do you think was the attitude of the illustrator towards women serving as jurors at the turn of the 20th century? What specific details (facial and body expressions, clothing) from the illustration support your conclusion?
Review the sources linked to below to respond to the question: How does the illustrator’s view of women as jurors compare with others of the day?
- Primary Source Spotlight: Gibson Girls
- “Women in the Jury Box” The Camden Chronicle. (Camden, Tenn.), 24 June 1904.
- “Daniel to Judgement Through Women’s Juries” The Lynden Tribune. (Lynden, Wash.), 30 Nov. 1911.
- “Are Women Too Merciless in Juror Box” The New York Herald. (New York, N.Y.), 19 June 1921.
- “A Jury of One’s Peers” American Civil Liberties Union March 18, 2011
What other observations, reflections or questions does this source inspire? Let us know!