The Subjection of Women Additional Summary

John Stuart Mill


(Critical Survey of Literature for Students)

Donner, Wendy, and Richard A Fumerton. Mill. Malden, Mass.: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009. Part of the Blackwell Great Minds series, this biography of Mill examines his political philosophies, including his theories of gender equality and the oppression and subjugation of women.

Lonoff, Sue. “Cultivated Feminism: Mill and The Subjection of Women.” Philological Quarterly 65, no. 1 (Winter, 1986): 79-102. Describes Mill as an apostle of liberal feminism rather than its prophet. A lucid examination of the rhetorical structure of his essay.

Morales, Maria H., ed. Mill’s “The Subjection of Women.” Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield, 2005. Nine essays examine the work and include discussions of Mill as a liberal and radical feminist and his ideas about marriage, marital slavery, friendship, and androgyny.

Okin, Susan Moller. Women in Western Political Thought. 1979. New ed. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1992. Examines traditional philosophical views on women expressed in Plato, Aristotle, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Part 4 focuses on Mill, the only one of the major liberal political philosophers to include women in the application of principles of liberalism.

Pyle, Andrew, ed. “The Subjection of Women”: Contemporary Responses to John Stuart Mill. Bristol, England: Thoemmes Press, 1995. A collection of essays written in response to The Subjection of Women, including some pieces from eminent women intellectuals of the Victorian era.

Reeves, Richard. John Stuart Mill: Victorian Firebrand. London: Atlantic Books, 2007. An authoritative and well-received biography that recounts Mill’s life, philosophy, and pursuit of truth and liberty for all.

Tulloch, Gail. Mill and Sexual Equality. Boulder, Colo.: Lynne Rienner, 1989. Examines The Subjection of Women in detail, particularly noting Mill’s arguments for reconstructed marriage. Traces the development of Mill’s liberal feminism and its relationship to the themes of his major works.