Mill and marriage
When Mill discusses marriage, he mentions how women have often throughout history been subjugated through marriage and he even compares it to the institution of slavery. I was very intrigued by this for many reasons, the first is that at the time Mill wrote this and prior to him writing this, it was true. Throughout the history of the world men have used marriage to control women and many people would argue that this continues to be the case. I was the most intrigued by the idea as to whether or not marriage is still similar to slavery and whether or not it is beneficial for women to marry. I would say that at least in America at least, our institutions have adjusted to help women who choose to be married.
Businesses have added things like maternity leave and on-site daycare to aid parents, especially women who choose to balance their family and a career. Today’s girls have grown up seeing their mothers work and have probably been to take your daughter to work day with their parents and now realize when they are in school that they can work and get married. There are also now examples in the media of powerful women who can se positive examples for young girls. In addition to the idea that women can work and raise a family there is also the new phenomenon of stay at home dads that have altered the traditional family. There are still areas of the world where women are enslaved by marriage, but I believe in America we are moving in the right direction.