I'm so sorry. Some parents are just ignorant. What was your focus? Was it a general business degree or did you concentrate on a specific area (finance or marketing, for example)? Or would she not understand that, either? I regret not going into business (history and drama major, using the history part to learn more about my heritage (that's the only part I don't regret)), as I've only recently become interested in finance and investing (this is the area my dad works in). And my dad said he should have pushed me more into that area (of course, back in the day, I would have rebelled even if I DID go into business. I was more of a marketing/PR type back then. I did do a PR program for people with undergrad degrees later and worked briefly in the area (before my parents tried to get me a job in other areas. My mom, who worked in IT totally didn't understand the PR world and my dad thought it wasn't a "good fit" for me. #whatever). It's never too late and me going into investing, even at age 40, might be a good thing. Women are far less likely to get funding than men (since most VC-ers are guys) and I might be able to give a different (i.e. more female, especially for projects that ARE female focused (cosmetics, comfortable bras, period panties, etc) perspective.