The Republic of Gilead does not hold general equality before the law; the legal position of individuals is based on their affiliation to a certain social group called "class": While members of different classes can be sentenced variably for identical "crimes" (as seen e.g. in Ofglen's case), the individual legal position within one social class appears uniform. In that spirit, the Gileadean class system "replaces" parts of the suspended constitution of the United States.

Thus having said, it is important to distinguish social classes from other social groups (like "Econopeople") which don't necessarily come around with a common legal situation of its affiliates.

Specifics of Female Classes Edit

Marital StatusEdit

Single women in Gilead must fear to be classed as "Unwomen", i.e. stripped of any human rights[1]: They can be detained arbitrarily to be executed or obliged to force labor without trial[2][3], although some of them are consistently offered to be married off or to serve as Martha, Handmaid, or Jezebel. Unlike married women, the latter classes still lack the right for a fair trial[4].

Ban of PropertyEdit

Women in Gilead aren't allowed to own property, existing or acquired property is transferred to the next male relative[4], that includes non-linear relatives like nephews[1].

  1. 1.0 1.1 V Van
  2. Episode 3.3, Useful
  3. VII Stadium
  4. 4.0 4.1 Episode 1.3, Late

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