Once upon a time, juries consisted of men — usually white men. If the defendant was a woman, the jury still had only men. So much for a jury of one's peers.
The same could be said for any defendant who was not Caucasian, but this particular entry is about women.
It was debated in 1939 that women should be permitted to serve on juries. Whether the women actually wanted to serve wasn't really the question, but it could be argued that asking women to serve was fair to people of both sexes.
From the Arizona Daily Star, Thursday, Feb. 2, 1939:
Rep. Marvin E. Smith is quite lucky he wouldn't be a defendant facing an all female jury after his remark. "Babies" indeed. Would he have made it a requirement that female jurors must be attractive?
And as for Rep. William Wisener, if his suggestion had not been made in jest because he opposed the bill, he might have been asked to cook all of the meals and do all of the laundry at his home because women had borne that burden long enough.
The Morgue Lady would like to see the movie "12 Angry Women." It would be a horror film.