1937 May 24

New York Law Allows Women as Jurors


New York State on this day granted women the right to serve on juries. Women were banned from serving on juries in many states, and the New York law was an early effort to end that form of discrimination.

On November 20, 1961, in Hoyt v. Florida, the Supreme Court upheld a Florida law banning women from serving juries. The Court reversed itself on January 21, 1975, when, in Taylor v. Louisiana, it declared unconstitutional a Louisiana law that limited women serving on juries.

Learn more about the history of women and jury duty: http://www.msmagazine.com/summer2004/justverdicts.asp

And more from the ACLU: https://www.aclu.org/blog/womens-rights/jury-ones-peers

Read about the history of juries: Dennis Hale, The Jury in America: Triumph and Decline (2016)

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