Daphne Merkin on Women and Money (and other matters)

As a daughter, I was raised to know nothing about money. Whenever I tried to ask my father a question on the subject he would respond, “Nu, Daphne? Since when the interest in business?” and shoo me away.

… apropos our discussion here, read about Bernie Madoff -> here

ty Ana

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  1. By the “nu,” I take it her father was Jewish. Now back in Europe (pre-war), in Jewish culture women were considered the appropriate gender for dealing with the market-place. Men were supposed to study Torah (bible). A good wife would support her man by her market dealings while he kept his mind on higher stuff. Upper class Jewish women (perhaps more assimilated?) generally didn’t work. Unless they needed to run the business. See the memoirs of Gluckel of Hameln, a 17th century Jewish woman who, though an upper class woman, took over the business when her husband died.

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