About the Artist
Becky Jane Rosen (b. 1990, Boston, MA) is an artist based in Portland, Maine. Rosen graduated from Bowdoin College in 2013, where she was awarded the Kaempfer Grant and Richard J. Martel Memorial Prize. In 2018, she completed her MFA in Painting from Hunter College. Rosen’s work was featured at the 2018 Center for Maine Contemporary Art’s Biennial and the 2018 MFA issue of New American Paintings. Rosen’s work is in the Wheaton College Permanent Collection as well as several other private collections.
matrilineal – adjective
Definition: relating to, based on, or tracing descent through the maternal line
A cautionary family tale where men mismanaged money (before women were allowed to manage it themselves) led my mother to decide when she was ten years old that she didn’t want anyone controlling her money except herself.
My mother was the one who taught me about money, and how it can be used as a tool.
Money gives you choices.
I want my children to have choices.
I want all people to have choices.
Matrilineal seeks to start conversations surrounding intergenerational feminist personal finance. Domestic and emotional labor are valuable intergenerational skills daughters have tended to learn from their mothers for centuries; quilt-making in particular had a strong community component. While my brothers and I learned personal finance basics from my mother, I’ve been surprised to find this is actually quite unusual; most people learn little about concrete personal finance concepts from any of their parents. I believe understanding personal finance is an essential part of intergenerational familial knowledge, and I see Matrilineal as a way to introduce this belief.
Empowering women through their finances isn’t solely about women having or earning more money (though it is certainly an important piece of the puzzle); it must include women understanding how to make their money work for themselves and other people, why it is important to do so, and how to teach their children (should they choose to have them) the same.