As humanity has progressed through time there have been a lot of changes in social norms and the way society works. Women have had the biggest change though in a short time span because for the longest time the people who help keep the house and family together just recently got voting rights. But a big change is the charges women can face in the criminal system and how we treat them.
The two biggest charges in the article of the different mugshots of women in the 1930s and 1940s is mental case and lesbian. For the mental case back in the these times was still a new thing for society and still did not know what to do with them, and they surely did not have the medicines we have today to treat these women. So, the only thing they could do really to prevent them from doing it again was to lock them up. For the lesbian this was something that society in the 30’s and 40’s was really not familiar with, and homosexuality was still something society did not agree with. This was something society could not deal with so they would get locked up because they were not of the social norms of society. Being lesbian meant breaking a norm of the social order and to police that is a crime to them.
Now was this same treatment done to men for being a mental case or being a homosexual? for the mental case their sentences were not as harsh and probably got more treatment and help for the mental disability. For homosexual, more likely they did get the same sentence because they were breaking a social norm. As for the other crimes in the 30’s and 40’s women did face harsher sentences because women rights were still not on the same level as men, which is messed up, but that is how the generation lived for awhile.