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John Stuart Mill and the Employment of Married Women: Reconciling Utility and Justice

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  • Nathalie Sigot

    () (PHARE - Pôle d'Histoire de l'Analyse et des Représentations Economiques - UP1 - Université Panthéon-Sorbonne - UPN - Université Paris Nanterre - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)

  • Christophe Beaurain

    (GEOLAB - Laboratoire de Géographie Physique et Environnementale - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - IR SHS UNILIM - Institut Sciences de l'Homme et de la Société - UNILIM - Université de Limoges - Inrap - Institut national de recherches archéologiques préventives - UBP - Université Blaise Pascal - Clermont-Ferrand 2 - UCA - Université Clermont Auvergne)

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This paper explores the link between utilitarianism and feminism through the positions of John Stuart Mill. We try to reconcile Mill's conviction about the necessity of establishing equality between sexes with his position concerning the employment of married women. This reconciliation has already been attempted by other researchers. Our perspective is slightly different in that we seek to establish a globally coherent position by examining Mill's various writings in order to evaluate his feminism in terms of his utilitarian philosophy.

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  • Nathalie Sigot & Christophe Beaurain, 2009. "John Stuart Mill and the Employment of Married Women: Reconciling Utility and Justice," Post-Print hal-00637276, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:hal-00637276
    DOI: 10.1017/S1053837209990046
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    1. Robert W. Dimand & Evelyn L. Forget & Chris Nyland, 2004. "Retrospectives: Gender in Classical Economics," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 18(1), pages 229-240, Winter.
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