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In the story "A Jury of Her Peers," who are Minnie Wright's peers and why?

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Minnie's peers are other women--those who understand the pressures of having to take whatever the man dishes out, so to speak. Specifically, they are Martha Hale and Mrs. Peters. 

Martha knew Minnie as a girl, so she is clearly older than Minnie and is therefore not particularly her peer because of age.  Mrs. Peters is the Sheriff's wife, a position much higher than that of Minnie,...

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Minnie's peers are Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters, who decide to be her jury privately when they hide incriminating evidence. Although circumstantial, the dead bird and the quilting knots (that look suspiciously like the knot around Mr. Wright's neck) do not bode well for Minnie's legal defense. The women intuit her pathetic life and feel empathy for her situation. The women then find their peer "not guilty" on their own terms.