In "A Jury of Her Peers," how do the men show they do not think women are inferior?   

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troutmiller eNotes educator| Certified Educator

It's very hard to find any evidence to the men being conscientious of the women.  The county attorney especially is very condescending to the women.  He makes comments about their conversations of the quilt that Minnie left unfinished.  They couldn't decide if she was going to quilt it or knot it.  The last line of the story even goes back to that comment.  He's once again making fun of them for their silly conversations.  However, it was one of the main clues to prove the motive was there for her.

Even Sheriff Peters sees the women as having silly conversations as well.  There really is no point in which he tries to cover up making fun of them, either.  When he mentioned that there was nothing there "but kitchen things" when the attorney asked about clues left behind, he even laughed about it, as if they were such silly, worthless items.

The men in this story are very confident in themselves and completely dismiss the role of the woman in a house or even in a murder investigation.  These men do no try to hide their irritation with women or their lack of abilities.  The women are truly looked at as inferior in this story.  That is the irony in it.  The women are the ones who know how and why the murder happened.