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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 - UPOND - Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)

  • Christophe Beaurain

    (GEOLAB - Laboratoire de Géographie Physique et Environnementale - UNILIM - Université de Limoges - UBP - Université Blaise Pascal - Clermont-Ferrand 2 - INRAP - Institut National de Recherches Archeologiques Preventives - IR SHS UNILIM - Institut Sciences de l'Homme et de la Société - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)

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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Date of creation: Sep 2009
Publication status: Published in Journal of the History of Economic Thought, Informa UK (Taylor & Francis), 2009, 31 (3), pp.281-304. <10.1017/S1053837209990046>
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.
  2. Mendus, Susan, 1994. "John Stuart Mill and Harriet Taylor on Women and Marriage," Utilitas, Cambridge University Press, vol. 6(02), pages 287-299, November.
  3. Steven G. Medema, 2004. "Mill, Sidgwick, and the Evolution of the Concept of Market Failure," CAE Working Papers 03, Aix-Marseille Université, CERGAM.
  4. Ronald Bodkin, 1999. "Women's Agency In Classical Economic Thought: Adam Smith, Harriet Taylor Mill, And J. S. Mill," Feminist Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 5(1), pages 45-60.
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