About us

The Harriet Taylor Mill-Institute for Economic and Gender Studies was founded in February 2001. It carries the name of a British female economist Harriet Taylor Mill (8.10.1807-3.11.1858), a founder of the women’s movement.

It is an institute within the Berlin School of Economics and Law (Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin), which is the only economic university in Germany that has such an institute.

The Institute is funded by the HWR Berlin.




Harriet Hardy

John Stuart Mill
Born 8.10.1807 in London Born 20.05.1806 in London

Marriage to John Taylor
Two Children
Mental breakdown

First meeting between Harriet Taylor and John Stuart Mill
The first collaborative workOn Marriage and Divorce

Birth of daughter Helen
A System of Logic

Principles of Political Economy

The Enfranchisement of Women

Marriage between Harriet Taylor and John Stuart

On Liberty

Died in Avignon

The Subjection of Women

Died in Avignon


Biography of Harriet Taylor Mill
written by Dorothea Schmidt
Download PDF (German)

Right Again: The passions of John Stuart Mill
Article by Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, October 6, 2008

The Harriet Taylor Mill Institute for Economics and Gender Studies (HTMI) was founded in February 2001. It is named after Harriet Taylor Mill (1807-1858), British economist and pioneer of the women’s movement. The institute is part of the Berlin School of Economics and Law (HWR Berlin).

Establishing Gender Studies as a vital part of economic research has been on the agenda of HWR Berlin ever since the school adopted its study and research focus "Economics and Gender Relations". After the merger of Fachhochschule für Wirtschaft (FHW) and Fachhochschule für Verwaltung und Rechtspflege (FHVR) to HWR Berlin, the Harriet Taylor Mill Institute has expanded its research on gender issues in law and administration.

The Harriet Taylor Mill Institute is the only scientific research institute in Germany bringing together scholars of economics, management, sociology, computer science and law who carry out interdisciplinary research on economics, law and administration.

The institute is funded by the HWR Berlin.

afg Berlin (Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Frauen- und Geschlechterforschungseinrichtungen an den Berliner Hochschulen)
Network for scholars of women and gender studies in Berlin promoting profile development and cross-university cooperation in research and teaching.

Deutscher Juristinnenbund e.V.
Association of female lawyers, economists and managers for law development.

The network efas (economics, feminism and science) seeks to promote gender mainstreaming in research and teaching and supports female economists.

Feminist Economics Network in the Netherlands (fenn)
Fenn is a network of people who are interested in and working on the development of a feminist perspective on economic science, economic policy, and the economy.

The Global Center for Women's Studies and Politics (GLOW) is a virtual learning platform for women. It was initiated by the Gunda Werner Institute for Feminism and Gender Democracy, part of the Heinrich Böll Foundation. The website provides information on and links to women's websites from all over the world.

Gunda-Werner-Institut für Feminismus und Geschlechterdemokratie
Institute focused on gender policy and debates on feminism and gender democracy.

Institut für gleichstellungsorientierte Prozesse und Strategien e.V. (GPS e.V.)
The institute works on the creation and governance of gender equality in administration, politics and private organizations. It offers strategic consulting, expertise in management and application-oriented know-how on the successful implementation of gender equality.

International Association For Feminist Economics (IAFFE)
A non-profit organization advancing feminist inquiry of economic issues and educating economists and others on feminist points of view on economic issues.

LoWER (Low Wage Employment Research)
Network for empirical research on low wage employment, funded by the European Commission.

Cooperative Center for women founders in Berlin.

Zentrum für transdisziplinäre Geschlechterstudien (ZtG)
Coordination Center for the transdisciplinary study program Gender Studies at Humboldt University Berlin.

The Harriet Taylor Mill Institute aims to make women visible as actors and wants to illuminate gender dimensions in scientific research and practice. In the early years, the institute mainly focused on economic issues. Since 2011, a second focus lies on "Gender in Law and Administration" in order to promote critical research on legal effects on gender relations and the (re-)production of inequalities.

The institute is committed to link gender relations and economics as well as law and administration. Gained insights are being transferred back into teaching, the scientific community, and the interested public. The main activities consist of third-party funded research projects and publications, integrating gender issues into the curriculum at Berlin School of Economics and Law, and hosting events to promote exchange between scholars and practitioners, business and universities, and all interested actors.