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"The Subjection of Women" by John Stuart Mill

"The Subjection of Women" by John Stuart Mill

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TheSubjection of  Women
by 
 John Stuart Mill
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The Subjection of Women
 by John Stuart Mill
 
is a publi-cation of the Pennsylvania State University. This Por-table Document file is furnished free and without any charge of any kind. Any person using this documentfile, for any purpose, and in any way does so at his orher own risk. Neither the Pennsylvania State University nor Jim Manis, Faculty Editor, nor anyone associated with the Pennsylvania State University assumes any responsibility for the material contained within thedocument or for the file as an electronic transmission, inany way.
The Subjection of Women
 by John Stuart Mill
,
 the Penn-sylvania State University,
Electronic Classics Series 
, JimManis, Faculty Editor, Hazleton, PA 18201-1291 is a Portable Document File produced as part of an ongoing student publication project to bring classical works of literature, in English, to free and easy access of those wishing to make use of them.Cover Design: Jim ManisCopyright © 2006 The Pennsylvania State University 
The Pennsylvania State University is an equal opportunity university.
 
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THE SUBJECTION OF WOMEN
by 
 JOHN STUART MILL
Originally published 1869 
CHAPTER I
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 is to explain as clearly as I am ablegrounds of an opinion which I have held from the very earliest period when I had formed any opinions at all onsocial political matters, and which, instead of being weakened ormodified, has been constantly growing stronger by the progress re-flection and the experience of life. That the principle which regu-lates the existing social relations between the two sexes—the legalsubordination of one sex to the other—is wrong itself, and now one of the chief hindrances to human improvement; and that itought to be replaced by a principle of perfect equality, admitting no power or privilege on the one side, nor disability on the other.The very words necessary to express the task I have undertaken,show how arduous it is. But it would be a mistake to suppose thatthe difficulty of the case must lie in the insufficiency or obscurity of the grounds of reason on which my convictions. The difficulty isthat which exists in all cases in which there is a mass of feeling to becontended against. So long as opinion is strongly rooted in the

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