When a person is accused of a crime, they are entitled to a jury of their peers. This means that they are legally given the opportunity to be judged by their equals. In the short story "A Jury of her Peers" Glaspell plays with the word "Peer". The men who come to collect the evidence and investigate Minnie's husband's murder are not her peer, but the women who come are. They too are women, so they have experienced the same issues and problems she has; she's been over worked and under appreciated by her husband for too many years. Thus, the women are her actual peers.