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Women, Law and John Stuart Mill

Ward, Ian; McGlynn, Clare

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Ian Ward


John Stuart Mill's intellectual reputation is unarguable; his liberal credentials seemingly impeccable. Moreover there seems to be a Mill for everyone; liberal, radical, feminist. The precise nature of the feminist Mill has however remained a matter of considerable debate. The purpose of this article is less to engage this speculation, but rather to invite closer consideration of what Mill actually said and wrote about women and the law in nineteenth-century England. For Mill, the law was both an instrument of women's subjection and a prospective means of liberation.


Ward, I., & McGlynn, C. (2016). Women, Law and John Stuart Mill. Women's History Review, 25(2), 227-253.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 4, 2015
Online Publication Date May 26, 2015
Publication Date Mar 1, 2016
Deposit Date Feb 3, 2015
Publicly Available Date Nov 26, 2016
Journal Women's History Review
Print ISSN 0961-2025
Electronic ISSN 1747-583X
Publisher Taylor and Francis Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 25
Issue 2
Pages 227-253
Keywords Mill, Feminism, Law, Prostitution, Suffrage.


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