Is She Wrong?
There has been some criticism of Gilligan's work and by Christina Hoff Sommers , PhD . She says that Gilligan does not have
data for her research. She says Gilligan used unreliable evidence, that researchers have not been able to duplicate her work,
and that the samples used were too small. She feels strongly that promoting an anti-male agenda hurts both males and females.
Gilligan says that her work has been published in articles and journals and Sommer ' s points are inaccurate.
Gilligan' s Theory and Society
Gilligan's ideas are against the struggle of women against our society's idea of their " gender-determined " role.
According to Gilligan , women can gain personal independence after they forget about the idea that their proper role is to
overcome their interests to the interests of their husbands, children, or other people they care about. Gilligan says that
in our society women really like to help others, however they should care just as much about themselves as the do about others.
Gilligan's Theory and Education
Carol Gilligan's theory helps both men and women in seeing eachother in a different perspective. In terms of education everyone
should focus on it and everyone's need for education is important. A person should not put the needs of others in front of
their own, especially in the case of education
Gilligan's Theory and the Workplace
A person could undergo this process of "the ethic of care" when entering a new job. The conventional stage is shown
when the job is just acuired, and a good impression is trying to be made. This is followed by the conventional stage, which
can be seen after developing relationships with colleagues. This might be followed by the post conventional stage when care
for oneself and another colleague might be equal. (Not everyone reaches the post conventional stage)