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Monday, March 7, 2011

Women's History Month "E": Nora Ephron and Economics


Nora Ephron

Nora Ephron is an American journalist, novelist, screenwriter, and movie director, and is most famous for creating the screenplay for When Harry Met Sally and directing Sleepless in Seattle. Ephron’s most recent film is Julie & Julia.

Nora Ephron, the eldest of four daughters, was born in 1941 in New York City to Henry and Phoebe Ephron. Her parents were screenwriters, as are two of her sisters. Ephron grew up in Beverly Hills after her parents moved west to create screenplays for actors like Marilyn Monroe, Katharine Hepburn, and Spencer Tracy.  Ephron had a difficult childhood due to her parents’ dependency on alcohol.  

Henry and Phoebe Ephron drew inspiration from everyday life and their daughters’ imagination, especially Nora’s, for screenplays. As a child, Ephron enjoyed telling stories around the dinner table. Discussing her ideas on a daily basis created an environment that helped polish Ephron’s budding humor.

After high school, Ephron went to Wellesley College and then New York to start writing for the New York Post. Ephron went into journalism as a “form of rebellion” and to get as far was as she could from Hollywood. But after two failed marriages, Ephron turned to screenwriting, which she hoped would provide financial security for her two children. After many successful screenplays, Ephron set her sights on directing and in 1992 she broke Hollywood’s gender barrier to direct This is My Life.


The woman who can create her own job is the one who will win fame and fortune.
~Amelia Earhart, Pilot 

In youth we learn; in age we understand.
~Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach, Austrian Author

The sad truth is that opportunity doesn't knock twice. You can put things off until tomorrow but tomorrow may never come. Where will you be a few years down the line? Will it be everything you dreamed of? We seal our fate with the choices we take, but don't give a second thought to the chances we take.
~Gloria Estefan, Singer and Songwriter

Boys, this is only a game. But it's like life in that you will be dealt some bad hands. Take each hand, good or bad, and don't whine and complain, but play it out. If you're men enough to do that, God will help you and you will come out well.
~Ida Eisenhower, Mother of President Dwight D. Eisenhower

If someone said, "Write a sentence about your life," I'd write, "I want to go outside and play."
~Jenna Elfman, American Actress


Charlotte Perkins Gilman, an American writer and economist, is best known for her book Women and Economics.  Gilman attacked the division of social roles in the late 19th century.  According to Gilman, “male aggressiveness and maternal roles of women are artificial and not necessary for survival.” Instead, economic independence is necessary for survival.

Economics is a part of every woman’s life. Every day we are hit with clever and seductive advertising to buy the next big thing. What can parents or young women do to prevent them from overspending?  Learning about economics can allow young girls and women to become savvy consumers and build critical thinking skills.

Girls Inc., a nonprofit organization that hopes to inspire all girls to become strong, smart, and bold, is helping girls learn to “manage money, invest, and begin to develop an appreciation for global economics” in the Girls Inc. Economic Literacy programs. Girls as young as six are able to develop financial skills and learn how the economy affects us today by completing individual and family workshops.  Money management is a critical life skill for girls to learn because it allows them to become economically independent.  "She’s on the Money!;" "Dollars, Sense and Me;" "Savvy Spenders;" and "Futures and Options" will allow young girls to learn how to budget, bank, save, and invest money.  For more on these programs, visit the Girl's Inc. Economic Literacy page.

Girls Inc.’s Corporate Camp for Entrepreneurs allows teen girls to build leaderships skills and learn about business ownership from successful women entrepreneurs in New York City.  Weekly workshops at the Corporate Camp for Entrepreneurs promote team building, presentation and financial management skills. Interviews and business presentations from participants at the Corporate Camp for Entrepreneurs can be viewed on the Girls Inc. here.

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