My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Some faculty and students have been discussing Mill’s major works this semester, and this was our third in the series, following Utilitarianism and On Liberty. This book seemed to be the most passionate of the three. It was quite impressive to see him take on seemingly every argument that could be raised against the legal and social equality of women. Mill has a keen sense for the way that society affects the individual, and he brings that sense to bear on this issue as he argues that women’s supposed inferiority in many endeavors is an effect of their subjection.