Elsie Hill

Elsie Hill was a long-term organizer and officer of the National Woman's Party (NWP). The NWP wanted to use the upcoming Massie trial to advance its fight to give women the right to serve on juries because at the time only about half the states allowed women to serve on juries. The NWP authorized Hill to contact the Fortescue family and NWP representatives urged the family to convince Grace to challenge the all-male jury that was sure to be seated for her trial. But Grace Fortescue later decided to hire Clarence Darrow. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, LC-DIG-ggbain-33898