Rose Director Friedman attended Reed College and then
transferred to the University of Chicago where she received a
Bachelor of Philosophy degree. She continued her training in
economics at the University of Chicago, completing all work for
a Ph.D. except for writing a thesis. She was on the staff of
the National Resources Committee (Washington), working on a
nationwide study of consumer purchases, and continued work on
that study at the Bureau of Home Economics.
She then joined the staff of the Federal Deposit Insurance
Corporation where she worked until she was married and moved to
New York, where she was on the staff of the National Bureau of
Economic Research until she and her husband moved to Wisconsin
in 1940. Since then, she has continued economic research on her
own, publishing a pamphlet, Poverty -- Definition and
Perspective (American Enterprise Institute, 1965), and a series
of twelve articles entitled "Milton Friedman -- Husband and
Colleague" in the Oriental Economist (May 1976 to August 1977).
The series was also published as a book in Japanese. She
collaborated with her husband on three books on public policy
that have received wide attention and circulation: Capitalism
and Freedom (University of Chicago Press, 1962), Free to Choose
(Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1980), and Tyranny of the Status
Quo (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1984). She also served as
associate producer of the PBS television series, "Free to
She received an honorary LL.D. in December 1986 from Pepperdine
University. She and her husband have established the Milton and
Rose D. Friedman Foundation, for the purpose of promoting
parental choice of the schools their children attend. The
Foundation is based in Indianapolis and its president and chief
operating officer is Gordon St Angelo.
She and her husband published their memoirs: Milton and Rose D.
Friedman, Two Lucky People (University of Chicago Press,