“I’m an executive!” my mother shouted at her family. “But nobody respects what I do!” An executive? We sniggered. My dad was blatantly dismissive. My brothers, and even I, a young woman of the 1960s and ‘70s,thought she was losing her marbles.
Lillian Gartz executive secretary to Mr. Gibney,president of The Bayer [aspirin] Company Working seven days a week up to twelve hours a day was common for my Dad during the war years. My Mom, Lillian, had long hours too, [...]