The Birth of Pleasure

Apr 21, 2000



Event Description

Carol Gilligan received an A.B. with highest honors 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 that, 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 contributions to understanding the human condition and was named by Time Magazine as one of the 25 most influential Americans. Following her research on women and girls’ development, she studied young boys and their parents and explored impasses in man-woman relationships. The Strengthening Healthy Resistance and Courage in Girls programs, the Women Teaching Girls/Girls Teaching Women retreats, and the In Our Own Voices workshops she developed with her colleagues have become model intervention and prevention projects. 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.