Marilynn Deiss and Debra Swedberg

Marilynn Deiss shares her own experience of wage discrimination

Editor’s note: This story originally aired on June 19th, 2014. 

Women in the United States have been fighting for equal wage rights since the early 1900s. In 1963 the government passed the Equal Pay Act, which aimed to abolish wage disparity based on sex. But the act excluded professional careers. Starting in 1971, Marilynn Deiss juggled work as the Executive Director of the Wyoming Board of Pharmacy and as a single mother. She tells her daughter, Debra Swedberg, how gender discrimination affected her life.

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