Rose Director Friedman, also known as Rose D. Friedman and Rose Director, is the widow of Milton Friedman, the winner of the 1976 Nobel Prize in Economics, and sister of Aaron Director, a professor at the University of Chicago Law School. She is believed to have been born the last week of December, 1911; however, the birth records have been lost. She was born in Staryi Chortoryisk, in White Russia, to the Director family, prominent Jewish residents.
Rose Friedman attended Reed College and later transferred to the University of Chicago where she received a Bachelor of Philosophy degree. After this she began to study for a doctorate in economics at the University of Chicago and completed all work necessary for the Ph.D. except for writing a thesis. In her youth, she wrote articles with Dorothy Brady to justify the Keynesian vision of consumption.
She and her husband co-wrote two books on economics and public policy: Free to Choose and Tyranny of the Status Quo. She also helped produce the PBS television series, "Free to Choose." She and her husband published their memoirs Milton and Rose D. Friedman, Two Lucky People in 1998.
In 2002 when Milton received his Medal of Freedom President Bush said jokingly in his speech that Rose was known for being the only person to ever have won an argument against her husband.