For 170 years, Harriet Taylor Mill has been presented as a footnote in John Stuart Mill's life. This volume gives her a separate voice. Readers may assess for themselves the importance and influence of her ideas on "women's" issues such as marriage and divorce, education, domestic violence, and suffrage. And they will note the overlap of her ideas on ethics, religion, arts, and socialism, written in the 1830s, with her more famous husband's works, published 25 years later.
Jo Ellen Jacobs is Professor of Philosophy at Millikin University. She has also written, "The Lot of Gifted Ladies is Hard: A Study of Harriet Taylor Mill Criticism," which appears in Hypatia's Daughters: 1500 Years of Women Philosophers, as well as a number of articles in aesthetics.