Ladies for Liberty: Women Who Made a Difference in American History

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CHAPTER 18. ROSE DIRECTOR FRIEDMAN

“Tolerance is the secret of a successful family life, as it is of a suc-
cessful society.”—Rose Friedman


Economist, Author, Political Activist
December 1911–April 18, 2009

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

It was a chance meeting but it really changed the world of economics. When graduate economics student Rose Director joined a class in basic price theory at the University of Chicago in 1932, her teacher Professor Jacob Viner sat his students alphabetically by second name. Rose found herself placed next to a brilliant Rutgers graduate, Milton Friedman, and so began a relationship that was to lead not only to their marriage six years later but also to one of the greatest intellectual collaborations of the twentieth century.

ROSE DIRECTOR FRIEDMAN was the major driving force behind many of her husband’s books, including the jointly written seminal work Free to Choose (1980) and co-producer with him of the ten-part television series of the same name. The book was an international bestseller and, with the TV series broadcast in every major western country

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