The Evolution and Capabilities of Women in Western Society
I whole-heartedly agree with Mill’s point of view. Growing up, my mother worked 5 days week from 8 in the morning until 6 at night. She was always involved in my life, from schooling to sports, to just being there. In many regards, my mom took on the mother as well as the fathering role in my life. When I played hockey when I was younger, my mom was the only woman parent who would tie their child’s skates. She always ensured I was taken care of (maternal role) as well as raising me to be a chivalrous man (paternal role). I know that my story may be an anomaly, however, it is a prime example of faux pas arguments that were believed to be true for centuries about how women need to be subordinate to their husbands because they are not physically or mentally able to care for themselves.
Mill argued that we simply don’t know what women are capable of, because we have never let them try. One cannot make an authoritative statement without evidence. After years and years of my mother working in the legal department of her corporate employer, the General Counsel left the company, leaving that position vacant. My mother worked in the legal department longer than anyone else in the company. She was talented, knew the ins and outs, and seemed to be the most logical choice for the position. However, it was not so obvious to her bosses who were looking outside the company, specifically a man, to fill the position. Once my mother found this out, she was enraged, went to her bosses and demanded that they consider her for the position or else she was taking her talents elsewhere. The following day, she was hired as the company’s General Counsel, and since has helped make Active International the world’s preeminent bartering company.
In sum, Mill believes that society must give equality a chance. The benefits for society are enormous such as doubling the mass of mental faculties available for the higher service of humanity. The ideas and potential of half the population would be liberated, producing a great effect on human development. Finally, women would feel of worth and happy to be in control of their own destinies. Mill’s progressive thinking was paramount to the women’s suffrage movement as well as having a respected scholar voice his opinion in favor of woman.