Women Perpetrators

Women Perpetrators

This collection of pamphlets discusses the stories of women in the archive, stories of crimes against women and those perpetrated by them. Traditionally, the experiences of women have been glossed over by historians: this exhibition seeks to feature the stories and experiences of women as a means of counteracting the overwhelming bias favoring the male perspective. Indeed, while much of the history of the eighteenth and nineteenth century focuses on the deeds of men, the stories of women make up an integral part of the "Poor Sinners' Pamphlets" collection. 

As we learn from the documents above, women were not only the victims of crimes, but they also the agents of crime, a societal role that is not often granted to women who are often viewed as frail, innocent, and motherly. While these documents often cover up the context of these crimes, these stories reveal a society in which theft and the harming others may have seemed like a last resort for individuals with little economic or political power. 

Women Perpetrators