The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice

Advancing Milton and Rose D. Friedman's Vision of School Choice for All Children

Rose D. Friedman



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.

Rose was on the staff of the National Resources Committee (Washington, D.C.), 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. Rose 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 also was published as a book in Japanese.

Rose 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 Choose."

She received an honorary LL.D. in December 1986 from Pepperdine University.

Rose and her husband Milton established the Milton and Rose D. Friedman Foundation, now The Foundation for Educational Choice, in 1996, for the purpose of promoting parental school choice.

Rose and Milton published their memoirs: Milton and Rose D. Friedman, Two Lucky People: Memoirs (University of Chicago Press, 1998).

On August 16, 2009, Rose D. Friedman passed away at the age of 98 in San Francisco.