The Subjection of Women is an essay by English philosopher, political economist and civil servant John Stuart Mill published in 1869, with ideas he developed jointly with his wife Harriet Taylor Mill. Mill submitted the finished manuscript of their collaborative work On Liberty (1859) soon after her untimely death in late 1858, and then continued work on The Subjection of Women until its completion in 1861. At the time of its publication, the essay's argument for equality between the sexes was an affront to European conventional norms regarding the status of men and women.
In his Autobiography, Mill describes his indebtedness to his wife, and his daughter Helen Taylor for the creation of The Subjection of Women:
As ultimately published it was enriched with some important ideas of my daughter's and some passages of her writing. But all that is most striking and profound in what was written by me belongs to my wife, coming from the fund of thought that had been made common to us both by our innumerable conversations and discussions on a topic that filled so large a place in our minds. (wikipedia. org)
John Stuart Mill (1806 - 1873) war einer der bedeutendsten politischen Philosophen und der vielleicht bedeutendste angelsächsische Philosoph des 19. Jahrhunderts. Als Hauptvertreter des Utilitarismus widmete er sich in seinem Werk vor allem Fragen der politischen Freiheit, des Allgemeinwohls und den Grenzen des Staates. Er verfasste darüber hinaus eine Frühschrift des Feminismus sowie eine Erörterung der Grundfragen der politischen Ökonomie. Er war vertrat seine liberale Position auch politisch aktiv und war Parlamentsmitglied für die Whigs.