Carol Gilligan on Aging in America

Psychologist, Feminist,and Ethicist

In 2002, Carol Gilligan became University Professor at New York University, with affiliations in the School of Law, the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. She is currently teaching a seminar at the Law School on Resisting Injustice and an advanced research seminar on The Listening Guide Method of Psychological Inquiry. She is a visiting professor at the University of Cambridge affiliated with the Centre for Gender Studies and with Jesus College.

She received an A.B. in English literature from Swarthmore College, a masters degree in clinical psychology from Radcliffe College and a Ph.D. in social psychology from Harvard University. Her landmark book In A Different Voice (1982) is described by Harvard University Press as "the little book that started a revolution."  Following In A Different Voice, she initiated the Harvard Project on Women's Psychology and Girls' Development and co-authored or edited 5 books with her students.

She received a Senior Research Scholar award from the Spencer Foundation, a Grawemeyer Award for her contributions to education, a Heinz Award for her contributions to understanding the human condition and was named by Time Magazine as one of the 25 most influential Americans.

She was a member of the Harvard faculty for over 30 years and in 1997 became Harvard's first professor of Gender Studies, occupying the Patricia Albjerg Graham chair.

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Carol Gilligan: It is a privileges as a women to live in America, first of all, compare to other places where you could live where girls aren’t educated, women are stoned or burned or whatever, so that’s one thing. And it is also good fortune to get older and not ill or something like that. I think it is a wonderful time for women and my friends who are like me would are “older women” and its interesting, because we - the images of like old women, I mean even the images I have when I was walking around in granny shoes, whatever it is not the lives we are leading and it’s like the question from before about, whether you are looking at eleven year old is playing soccer and just girls feeling so alive and enjoying themselves in a much fuller way. I think you can go right up to older women who are having amazing launch right now, I said if you fortunate to live in a country where you are not having to walk around in the burqua or where you are totally cannot drive or you cannot be out of the control of men and if you are fortunate and in the sense of you are not affected with severe illness or something, terrible thing.