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Women, law and John Stuart Mill.

Ward, Ian and McGlynn, Clare (2016) 'Women, law and John Stuart Mill.', Women's history review., 25 (2). pp. 227-253.


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.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Mill, Feminism, Law, Prostitution, Suffrage.
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Publisher statement:This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Women's history review on 26/05/2015, available online at:
Date accepted:04 February 2015
Date deposited:10 February 2015
Date of first online publication:26 May 2015
Date first made open access:26 November 2016

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