On the Subjection of Women (On Series) (Paperback)

By John Stuart Mill, Fay Weldon (Foreword by)

Hesperus Press, 9781843916031, 136pp.

Publication Date: October 15, 2008

List Price: 13.95*
* Individual store prices may vary.


Convinced that the subordination of women is an irrational and outmoded social custom with no grounds for continuation, active women's rights campaigner John Stuart Mill sets about arguing for equality between the sexes. This 1869 essay is striking in its forward thinking, thorough in its arguments, and refreshingly modern in tone. "The object of this Essay is to explain as clearly as I am able grounds of an opinion which I have held from the very earliest period when I had formed any opinions at all on social political matters, and which, instead of being weakened or modified, has been constantly growing stronger by the progress reflection and the experience of life. That the principle which regulates the existing social relations between the two sexes—the legal subordination of one sex to the other—is wrong itself, and now one of the chief hindrances to human improvement; and that it ought to be replaced by a principle of perfect equality, admitting no power or privilege on the one side, nor disability on the other."

About the Author

John Stuart Mill (1806–1873) was a philosopher, political economist, social reformer, Member of Parliament, and president of the National Society for Women's Suffrage. His major works include A System of Logic (1843) and Utilitarianism (1861).

Praise For On the Subjection of Women (On Series)

"[Mill's] language is so precise and his logic so penetrating that it brooks no opposition."  —Observer