College experiences often involve challenges that can provide the impetus for personal and professional growth. Likewise, Elle Woods of the film Legally Blonde undergoes multiple significant changes in her sense of identity, morality, and ability to take charge of her own life after she is forced to radically change her perspective and priorities. This paper covers her development as a law student and individual according to the student development theories of Chickering’s Seven Vectors of Identity Development, Gilligan’s Theory of Women’s Moral Development, and Baxter Magolda’s Self-Authorship Theory. As a result of her growth, Elle Woods flourishes into a confident, secure role model for professional young women, integrating her intellectual ability with her feminine interests to showcase a practical femininity that allows her to perform as a compassionate lawyer.
Rodericks, Elizabeth S.
Practical Femininity: The Student Development of Legally Blonde’s Elle Woods.
The Graduate Review, 7, 24-29.
Available at: https://vc.bridgew.edu/grad_rev/vol7/iss1/6
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