Based on her reporting of a real-life murder case, Susan Glaspell’s "Trifles" takes place in the rustic kitchen of Mrs. Minnie Foster Wright, a woman accused of murdering her husband. As male authority figures search for a motive, their wives talk about domestic responsibilities (what the men deem “trifles”). Left alone in Mrs. Wright’s kitchen, the women discover details that lead them to piece together the real story of their friend, her marriage, and the murder. Glaspell’s play, an early example of feminist drama, examines what it means to be a woman within a patriarchal society, while also acknowledging the power of female friendship. When "Trifles" was first performed in 1916, women were not allowed to vote, serve as legislators, judges, or be on a jury. If a woman committed a crime she would not be judged by other women.