Schlafly first gained widespread notoriety through her book, “A Choice, Not an Echo”, a call to arms for conservatives and an argument for the 1964 Republican candidacy of Barry Goldwater.
A staunch Anti-feminist, Schlafly’s critics pointed out her position as a working woman opposing women venturing in non-traditional professions like combat is contradictory. “In fact, Schlafly is one of the most accomplished and influential people in America”.
It also did not change her opposition to gay rights including same-sex marriage, according to The New York Times.
The House approved the amendment in October 1971, the Senate five months later. In 1963, the publisher of the St. Louis Globe-Democrat put it this way: “Phyllis Schlafly stands for everything that has made America great and for those things which will keep it that way”. She and her husband had six children, and she wasn’t at home all the time taking care of them yet she demonized women who wanted a career.
“Mrs. Schlafly fought feminists and three presidents to bring the Equal Rights Movement to a screeching halt”. Ms. Maddow didn’t try to hide the grudging respect she had for Mrs. Schlafly. The ERA was ratified by 35 states, including California, before its ratification deadline in 1982.
Boasting some 80,000 members, the Eagle Forum is a right-wing think tank created “to enable conservative and pro-family men and women to participate in the process of self-government and public-policy-making”. President Reagan praised her campaign against ERA as “brilliant” and called Schalfly “an example to all those who would struggle for an America that is prosperous and free”. She authored 27 books and thousands of articles.
(Photo: Reuters/Mary F. Calvert/File Photo) Author Phyllis Schlafly addresses the Faith and Freedom Coalition Road to Majority Conference in Washington, D.C., June 14, 2013. Schlafly endorsed the billionaire at a rally in her home city of St. Louis in March, CNN reported, despite the fact many other conservatives didn’t see Trump as a true ideological conservative.
Trump said in a statement that he spoke with Schlafly a few weeks ago by telephone “and she sounded as resilient as ever”. In 2008 Washington University/St. Louis awarded Phyllis an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. Her job included testing ammunition by firing machine guns. Schlafly graduated from Washington University in 1944 at age 19, going on to get a master’s degree in government from Harvard in 1945 and later graduating from Washington University School of Law.
Schlafly spent 70 years in public service. At 25, she married J. Fred Schlafly, a lawyer and civic leader in Alton, Illinois.
Dan Canon, an attorney who helped litigate the Obergefell v. Hodges case which legalized gay marriage nationwide, lamented that Schlafly hadn’t died earlier.
In 1952, Schlafly won the Republican nomination for a seat in Congress and painted the Democratic incumbent, Melvin Price, as a coddler of communist sympathizers, according to a profile in the New Yorker.
“Since the women are the ones who bear the babies and there’s nothing we can do about that, our laws and customs then make it the financial obligation of the husband to provide the support”, she said in 1973. She was a delegate to the Republicans’ convention in Cleveland.