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Phyllis Stewart Schlafly

Phyllis Schlafly in 2007
Born August 15, 1924 (1924-08-15) (age 85)
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.[1]
Occupation Political activist
Religion Roman Catholic
Spouse(s) John Fred Schlafly, Jr. (deceased)
Children John, Bruce, Roger, Liza, Andrew, Anne

Phyllis McAlpin Stewart Schlafly (b. August 15, 1924, in St. Louis, Missouri; pronounced /ˈfɪlɨs ˈʃlæfli/) is an American conservative political activist and constitutional attorney known for her opposition to feminism and the Equal Rights Amendment. Her bestselling book, A Choice, Not An Echo, was published in 1964 from her home in Alton, Illinois, across the Mississippi River from her native St. Louis. From this self-publication, she formed her Pere Marquette Publishers company. A Choice, Not an Echo decries the power of the secret kingmakers and persuaders that once included New York Governors Thomas E. Dewey and Nelson A. Rockefeller. Schlafly supported U.S. Senator Barry M. Goldwater in his unsuccessful race against President Lyndon B. Johnson. She has co-authored several books on national defense and was highly critical of arms-control agreements with the former Soviet Union.[2]

Schlafly also maintains an active presence on the lecture circuit. In 1972, she founded the Eagle Forum, and was the founder and president of a sister organization known as the Eagle Forum Education & Legal Defense Fund, which also operates in the Eagle Forum's St. Louis office. As of 2010, she is still the president of both organizations. Since 1967, she has published her own political newsletter, the Phyllis Schlafly Report.

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Family

Schlafly's great-grandfather Stewart, a Presbyterian, came from Scotland to New York, in 1851, and moved westward through Canada before settling in Michigan.[3] Her grandfather, Andrew F. Stewart, was a master mechanic with the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway.[4] Schlafly's father, John Bruce Stewart, was a machinist and salesman of industrial equipment, principally for Westinghouse. He became unemployed in 1932 during the Great Depression and could not find permanent work until World War II.[5] He was granted a patent in 1944 for a rotary engine.[6]

Schlafly's mother, Odile Dodge, was the daughter of the moderately successful attorney Ernest C. Dodge. Odile attended college through graduate school and, before her marriage, worked as a teacher at Hosmer Hall, a private school for girls in St. Louis.[7] With her father’s legal business suffering during the Great Depression and her husband out of work, Odile worked as a librarian and a school teacher to support both families.

Phyllis' husband John Fred Schlafly, Jr., came from a well-to-do St. Louis family. His grandfather, August, immigrated in 1854 from Switzerland as a child. Shortly after August’s arrival, his father died and the family resettled in Carlyle, Illinois. There August and two brothers worked as clerks in a local grocery store. In 1876, August’s older brother married Catharine Hubert, the daughter of a local businessman.[8] Shortly thereafter, the three brothers founded the firm of Schlafly Bros., which dealt in groceries, Queensware (dishes made by Wedgwood), hardware, and agricultural implements.[9] They later sold that business and concentrated on banking and other businesses that made them wealthy.[6]

She was married to attorney John Fred Schlafly, Jr., (1909–1993) for 44 years until his death. They had six children: John, Bruce, Roger, Liza, Andrew, and Anne.

In 1992, their eldest son, John, was outed as gay by Queer Week magazine.[10][11] Schlafly has declined to comment on the matter in interviews. Their son Andrew founded Conservapedia, a conservative open-source encyclopedia after he voiced concerns that Wikipedia had liberal bias.[12]

Early life

Schlafly was christened Phyllis McAlpin Stewart and brought up as a Roman Catholic in St. Louis. According to one report, during the Depression, Schlafly's father went into long-term unemployment, and her mother entered the labor market. Mrs. Stewart was able to keep the family afloat and maintained Phyllis in a Catholic girls' school.[13] In one of her books, Strike From Space (1965), Schlafly notes that she was at one time, "a ballistics gunner and technician at the largest ammunition plant in the world."

She began college early and worked as a model for a time. She earned her A.B. Phi Beta Kappa from Washington University, in St. Louis, in 1944, at age 19. She received a Master of Arts degree, in Government, from Radcliffe College, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1945. In 1978, she earned a J.D. from Washington University Law School in St. Louis.[5]

In 1952, Schlafly ran unsuccessfully for Congress as a Republican in a Democratic district. It was another decade, however, before she came to national attention with A Choice, Not an Echo, millions of copies of which were distributed in support of Goldwater's 1964 presidential campaign. In it, Schlafly denounced the Rockefeller Republicans in the Northeast, accusing them of corruption and globalism. Critics called the book a conspiracy theory about "secret kingmakers" controlling the Republican Party.[14] Schlafly attended the 1960 Republican National Convention, and helped lead a revolt of "moral conservatives" against Richard Nixon's stance against segregation and discrimination.[15]

In 1967, Schlafly lost her bid for the presidency of the National Federation of Republican Women after a vigorous campaign against the more moderate candidate Gladys O'Donnell of California. Outgoing NFRW president and future United States Treasurer Dorothy Elston of Delaware worked against Schlafly in the campaign.[16]

She joined the John Birch Society, but quit because she thought that the main Communist threats to the nation were external, rather than internal. In 1970, Schlafly again ran unsuccessfully for a House of Representatives seat in Illinois, losing to Democratic incumbent George E. Shipley.

Activism

"Stop ERA"

Schlafly became the most visible and effective opponent of the Equal Rights Amendment during the 1970s as the organizer of the "Stop the ERA" movement, widely credited with stopping it from achieving ratification by its legislative deadline. "STOP" is also a recursive acronym for "Stop Taking our Privileges", because Schlafly argues the amendment, if passed and ratified, would take away privileges enjoyed by American women, including "dependent wife" benefits under Social Security and exemption from Selective Service registration.[17]

By the time Schlafly began campaigning in 1972, the amendment had already been ratified by 30 of the necessary 38 states. However, Schlafly was successful in organizing a grassroots campaign to oppose further states' ratifications. Five more states ratified ERA after Schlafly launched her opposition campaign, though an additional five state legislatures voted to rescind their ratifications. The last state to ratify was Indiana, where then State Senator Wayne Townsend, a Democrat, cast the tie-breaking vote for ratification in January 1977. In opposing ERA, Schlafly argued that "the ERA would lead to women being drafted by the military and to public unisex bathrooms."[18] Her views were opposed by Pro-ERA groups, led by the National Organization for Women (NOW) and the ERAmerica coalition.[19] The amendment was narrowly defeated, despite having achieved ratification in 35 states.[5]

Supporters of Schlafly argue that some of her claims have been confirmed by later state court rulings.[20] Her arguments against the ERA included her opposition to including women in the military draft. In 1981, a highly publicized lawsuit attempted to end the all-male selective service system, claiming it encouraged gender discrimination. In the absence of the ERA, the Supreme Court held by a 6-3 margin that Congress could register only men for military service. (Rostker v. Goldberg, 453 U.S. 57, 1981). Another case often cited by Schlafly supporters is the Harris v. McRae decision of 1980, in which, by a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court held that Congress could provide funding for childbirth but not for abortion (Harris v. McRae, 448 U.S. 297, 1980).

Critics of Schlafly have emphasized an apparent contradiction between her advocacy against the ERA and her role as a working professional. Feminist activist Gloria Steinem and author Pia de Solenni, among others, have noted what they consider irony in Schlafly's role as an advocate for the full-time mother and wife, while being herself a lawyer, editor of a monthly newsletter, regular speaker at anti-liberal rallies, and political activist.[21][22][23] In her review of Schlafly's Feminist Fantasies, de Solenni writes that "Schlafly's discussion reveals a paradox. She was able to have it all: family and career. And she did it by fighting those who said they were trying to get it all for her.…Happiness resulted from being a wife and mother and working with her husband to reach their goals."

On August 27, 1974, activist attorney Florynce Kennedy appeared on CBS radio in Miami to promote ratification of the stalled Equal Rights Amendment. During the conversation Kennedy denounced Schlafly as a "pigocrat…I just don't see why some people don't hit Phyllis Schlafly in the mouth. I don't think she would be damaged seriously, but I don't think it would hurt if somebody slapped her. We're arguing with people like Schlafly who obviously aren't speaking from a rational perspective. Instead of so much argument, people should slap." Similarly, author Harlan Ellison, another ERA booster, said that if Schlafly walked into the headlights of his car, he would "knock her into the next time zone." Ellison proclaimed Schlafly a "mischievous woman who does terrible things."[24]

To counter Schlafly's Stop ERA campaign and the homemakers against ERA, the organization Homemakers' Equal Rights Association was formed.[25]

According to an article in the March 28, 2007 edition of the Washington Post, "New Drive Afoot to Pass Equal Rights Amendment," Schlafly is working towards the defeat of a new version of the Equal Rights Amendment: "Today, she warns lawmakers that its passage would compel courts to approve same-sex marriages and deny Social Security benefits for housewives and widows."[18]

Recent Activities

Schlafly has been an outspoken critic of what she terms "activist judges", particularly on the Supreme Court. In 2005, Schlafly made headlines at a conference for the Judeo-Christian Council for Constitutional Restoration by suggesting that "Congress ought to talk about impeachment" of Justice Anthony Kennedy, citing as specific grounds Justice Kennedy's deciding vote to abolish the death penalty for minors.[26]

In late 2006, Schlafly collaborated with Jerome Corsi and Howard Phillips to create a website in opposition to the idea of a "North American Union", under which the United States, Mexico, and Canada would share a currency and be integrated in a structure similar to the European Union.[27]

Viewpoints

Opposition to the UN, WTO, and arms control

As a college student in 1945, Schlafly applauded the establishment of the United Nations. Over the years, however, she has long repudiated the UN. On the 50th anniversary of the group in 1995, Schlafly referred to "a cause for mourning, not celebration. It is a monument to foolish hopes, embarrassing compromises, betrayal of our servicemen, and a steady stream of insults to our nation. It is a Trojan Horse that carries the enemy into our midst and lures Americans to ride under alien insignia to fight and die in faraway lands." Accordingly, she opposed U.S. President Bill Clinton's decision in 1996 to send 20,000 American troops to Bosnia. Schlafly noted that Balkan nations have fought one another for 500 years and that the U.S. military should not be "policemen" of world trouble spots.[28]

In 1961 she wrote that arms control "will not stop Red aggression any more than disarming our local police will stop murder, theft, and rape."[29]

Prior to the 1994 congressional elections, Schlafly condemned globalization through the World Trade Organization as a "direct attack on American sovereignty, independence, jobs, and economy . . . any country that must change its laws to obey rulings of a world organization has sacrificed its sovereignty."[30]

Politics

Schlafly continues to exert some influence within the Republican Party. She played a key role in writing some socially conservative language in the Republican National Convention's platform, most recently in 2004.

However, Schlafly has expressed dissatisfaction with the modern GOP. Though she has not been actively involved in the neoconservative/paleoconservative schism, her positions on many issues resemble those of a paleoconservative. Like Patrick J. Buchanan, whom she supported for the 1996 GOP nomination, she contends that President George W. Bush

"has muddied up the meaning of conservative." Schlafly writes, "Bush ran as a conservative, but he has been steadily (some might say stealthily) trying to remold the conservative movement and the Republican Party into the Bush Party. And the Bush Party stands for so many things alien to conservatism, namely, war as an instrument of foreign policy, nation-building overseas, highly concentrated executive power, federal control of education, big increases in social entitlements, massive increases in legal and illegal immigration, forcing American workers to compete with low-wage foreigners (under deceptive enticements such as free trade and global economy), and subordinating U.S. sovereignty to a North American community with open borders."

However, despite such criticisms, the Eagle Forum defended the Party before the 2006 elections: "We cannot let our dissatisfaction and disappointment with some members of the Republican Party keep us from voting for the good guys — the ones who really are leaders for the conservative cause."[31]

Schlafly did not endorse a candidate for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination, but she has spoken out against Mike Huckabee, whom she says as governor left the Republican Party in Arkansas "in shambles". She has hosted at the Eagle Forum U.S. Representative Tom Tancredo of Colorado, known for his opposition to illegal immigration. Before his election she criticised Barack Obama as "an elitist who worked with words" [32]

Women's issues

Schlafly told Time magazine in 1978, "I have cancelled speeches whenever my husband thought that I had been away from home too much."[33] She also said, at a March 2007 speech at Bates College, "By getting married, the woman has consented to sex, and I don't think you can call it rape."[34] On March 30, 2006, Schlafly provided an interview for The New York Times in which she attributed improvement in women's lives during the last decades of the 20th century to labor-saving devices such as the indoor clothes dryer and paper diapers.[35]

Honorary degree and protests

On May 1, 2008, the Board of Trustees of Washington University in St. Louis announced that Schlafly would be presented an honorary degree at the school's 2008 commencement ceremony. This was immediately met with objection by some students and faculty at the university who accused her of being anti-feminist and criticized her work on defeating the equal rights amendment.[36] Fourteen university law professors wrote in a complaint letter that Schlafly's career demonstrated "anti-intellectualism in pursuit of a political agenda."[37] While the Board of Trustees' honorary degree committee approved the honorees unanimously, five student members of the committee wrote to complain that they had to vote on the five honorees as a slate, in the final stage of the voting and feel the selection of Schlafly was a mistake.[38][39] Katha Pollitt of The Nation magazine criticized this decision because she considered Schlafly a "promoter of innumerable crackpot far-right conspiracy theories" and opponent of women's rights.[40]

In the days leading up to the commencement ceremony, Washington University Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton explained the university’s Board of Trustees' decision to award Schlafly’s degree with the following statement:

In bestowing this degree, the University is not endorsing Mrs. Schlafly's views or opinions; rather, it is recognizing an alumna of the University whose life and work have had a broad impact on American life and have sparked widespread debate and controversies that in many cases have helped people better formulate and articulate their own views about the values they hold.[41]

At the May 16, 2008, commencement ceremony, Schlafly was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters degree. A protest to rescind Schlafly's honorary degree received support from faculty and students. During the ceremony, hundreds of the 14,000 attendees, including one-third the graduating students and some faculty, silently stood and turned their backs to Schlafly in protest.[38][42] In the days leading up to the commencement there were several protests regarding her degree award; Schlafly described these protesters as, "a bunch of losers."[43] In addition, she stated after the ceremony that the protesters were "juvenile" and that, "I'm not sure they're mature enough to graduate."[42] As planned, Schlafly did not give any speech during the commencement ceremony, nor did any of the other honorees except for commencement speaker Chris Matthews.[44]

Bibliography

Schlafly is the author of 21 books on subjects ranging from child care to phonics education. She currently writes a weekly syndicated column that appears in over one hundred newspapers.[45]

Schlafly's published works include:

  • Judicial Tyranny: The New Kings of America? - contributing author (Amerisearch, 2005) ISBN 0-9753455-6-7
  • The Supremacists: The Tyranny Of Judges And How To Stop It (Spence Publishing Company, 2004) ISBN 1-890626-55-4
  • Feminist Fantasies, foreword by Ann Coulter (Spence Publishing Company, 2003) ISBN 1-890626-46-5
  • Turbo Reader (Pere Marquette Press, 2001) ISBN 0-934640-16-5
  • First Reader (Pere Marquette Press, 1994) ISBN 0-934640-24-6
  • Pornography's Victims (Crossway Books, 1987) ISBN 0-89107-423-6
  • Child Abuse in the Classroom (Crossway Books, 1984) ISBN 0-89107-365-5
  • Equal Pay for UNequal Work (Eagle Forum, 1984) ISBN 99950-3-143-4
  • The End of an Era (Regnery Publishing, 1982) ISBN 0-89526-659-8
  • The Power of the Christian Woman (Standard Pub, 1981) ISBN B0006E4X12
  • The Power of the Positive Woman (Crown Pub, 1977) ISBN 0-87000-373-9
  • Ambush at Vladivostok, with Chester Ward (Pere Marquette Press, 1976) ISBN 0-934640-00-9
  • Kissinger on the Couch (Arlington House Publishers, 1974) ISBN 0-87000-216-3
  • Mindszenty the Man (with Josef Vecsey) (Cardinal Mindszenty Foundation, 1972) ISBN B00005WGD6
  • The Betrayers (Pere Marquette Press, 1968) ISBN B0006CY0CQ
  • Safe Not Sorry (Pere Marquette Press, 1967) ISBN 0-934640-06-8
  • Strike From Space: A Megadeath Mystery (Pere Marquette Press, 1965) ISBN 80-7507-634-6
  • Grave Diggers (with Chester Ward) (Pere Marquette Press, 1964) ISBN 0-934640-03-3
  • A Choice Not An Echo (Pere Marquette Press, 1964) ISBN 0-686-11486-8

Notes

  1. ^ "Phyllis Schlafly". UXL Newsmakers. FindArticles.com. 2005. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_gx5221/is_2005/ai_n19140122/print?tag=artBody;col1. Retrieved 2008-08-09. 
  2. ^ Chip Berlet and Matthew N. Lyons. 2000. Right–Wing Populism in America: Too Close for Comfort. New York: Guilford Press, p. 202.
  3. ^ profile of Andrew F. Stewart, in Men of West Virginia, Biographical Publishing Co., Chicago: 1903. pp. 157-158.
  4. ^ 1902-03 City Directory, Huntington, WV and 1910 Federal Census (Virginia), Alleghany County, Clifton Forge, ED126, Sheet 9A and note 1.
  5. ^ a b c Critchlow, Donald. "Founding Mother-Phyllis Schlafly and Grassroots Conservatism: A Woman's Crusade." Princeton University Press. pp. 422
  6. ^ a b Felsenthal biography
  7. ^ 1919 Gould’s St. Louis City Directory
  8. ^ 1870 Federal Census ( Illinois) Clinton Co. Carlyle, Series: M593 Roll: 196 Page: 265
  9. ^ The 1881 History of Marion & Clinton Counties, Illinois
  10. ^ At 80, Schlafly is still a conservative force - The Boston Globe
  11. ^ The gay vice squad - QW's outing article about homosexuality of John Schlafly, son of pro-life advocate Phyllis Schlafly - Editorial
  12. ^ Rightwing website challenges 'liberal bias' of Wikipedia, The Guardian, 1 March 2007
  13. ^ Ehrenreich, pp. 152-153
  14. ^ Berlet and Lyons. 2000. Right–Wing Populism in America, pp. 180, 202.
  15. ^ Warner, Judith She Changed America, New York Times, 2001-01-29
  16. ^ Anti-ERA Evangelist Wins Again; Donald T. Critchlow, Phyllis Schlafly and Grassroots Conservatism (Princeton University Press, 2005), p. 138-159.
  17. ^ Kolbert, Elizabeth. "Firebrand: Phyllis Schlafly and the Conservative Revolution." The New Yorker. Nov 7, 2005. pp. 134.
  18. ^ a b New Drive Afoot to Pass Equal Rights Amendment - washingtonpost.com
  19. ^ History
  20. ^ Phyllis Schlafly Was Right, NRO: Her Predictions While Fighting The ERA Are Still Accurate - CBS News
  21. ^ Gloria Steinem: If Bush Wins in 2004, "Abortion Will Be Criminalized" - A BuzzFlash Interview
  22. ^ Pia de Solenni on Phyllis Schlafly & Feminist Fantasies on National Review Online
  23. ^ Anti-ERA Evangelist Wins Again - TIME
  24. ^ Donald T. Critchlow, Phyllis Schlafly and Grassroots Conservatism, 2005, p. 253
  25. ^ [www.luc.edu/wla/pdfs/Homemakers_Equal_Rights_Association.pdf Homemakers Equal Rights Association (HERA) Records, 1971-1984, n.d.] Women & Leadership Archives, Loyola University Chicago
  26. ^ Dana Milbank, "And the Verdict on Justice Kennedy Is: Guilty", Washington Post, April 9, 2005, p. A03.
  27. ^ Bennett, Drake (2007-11-25). "The amero conspiracy". The Boston Globe. http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/ideas/articles/2007/11/25/the_amero_conspiracy/?page=full. Retrieved 2009-02-20. 
  28. ^ Donald T. Critchlow, Phyllis Schlafly and Grassroots Conservatism, 2005, pp. 298-299
  29. ^ Phyllis Schlafly, "Communist Master Plan for 1961", Cardinal Mindszenty Newsletter, February 15, 1961
  30. ^ Donald T. Critchlow, Phyllis Schlafly and Grassroots Conservatism, 2005, p. 298
  31. ^ Eagle Forum (2006-10-27). "Mid-term Elections Are Just Around The Corner". http://www.eagleforum.org/alert/2006/10-24-06.html. Retrieved 2007-03-30. 
  32. ^ Sam Leith, "Man of his words" Financial Times January 17–18, 2009
  33. ^ "Anti-ERA Evangelist Wins Again". Time. 1978-07-03. http://www.time.com/time/printout/0,8816,945990,00.html. Retrieved 2009-02-21. 
  34. ^ Leonard, J.T. (2007-03-29). "Schlafly cranks up agitation at Bates". Sun Journal. Archived from the original on 2008-06-11. http://web.archive.org/web/20080611135158/http://www.sunjournal.com/story/205234-3/LewistonAuburn/Schlafly_cranks_up_agitation_at_Bates/. Retrieved 2009-02-21. 
  35. ^ Bellafante, Ginia (2006-03-30). "A Feminine Mystique All Her Own". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/30/garden/30phyllis.html?sq=&pagewanted=all. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  36. ^ "Wash-U chancellor apologizes for controversy, but Schlafly will still get honorary degree". http://publicbroadcasting.net/kwmu/news.newsmain?action=article&ARTICLE_ID=1278560&sectionID=1. Retrieved 2008-05-16. 
  37. ^ "Phyllis Schlafly Hon. Degree Sparks Wash U Spat, Law Prof Protest". UPI. http://abajournal.com/news/phyllis_schlafly_hon_degree_sparks_wash_u_spat_law_prof_protests//. Retrieved 2008-07-25. 
  38. ^ a b "Students, faculty protest Schlafly honor". UPI. http://www.upi.com/NewsTrack/Top_News/2008/05/16/students_faculty_protest_schlafly_honor/2016/. Retrieved 2008-05-16. 
  39. ^ Brian Leiter's Law School Reports: Wash U Alumni Create Website to Oppose Award of Honorary Degree to Schafly
  40. ^ Pollitt, Katha (2008-05-08). "Backlash Spectacular". The nation. http://www.thenation.com/doc/20080526/pollitt. Retrieved 2009-02-20. 
  41. ^ http://www.kansascity.com/115/story/623432.html "Statement on Phyllis Schlafly's honorary degree". http://news-info.wustl.edu/news/page/normal/11789.html http://www.kansascity.com/115/story/623432.html. Retrieved 2008-05-14. 
  42. ^ a b Kavita Kumar (05-17-2008). "Schlafly honored — and dishonored". St. Louis Post Dispatch. http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/education/story/D00F2F30B4689B3A8625744B00821014?OpenDocument. Retrieved 2008-05-18. 
  43. ^ "Wash-U chancellor apologizes for controversy, but Schlafly will still get honorary degree". http://publicbroadcasting.net/kwmu/news.newsmain?action=article&ARTICLE_ID=1278560&sectionID=1. 
  44. ^ "Students, faculty protest Schlafly at commencement". UPI. http://www.kansascity.com/115/story/623432.html. Retrieved 2008-05-18. 
  45. ^ Schlafly, Phyllis (2006-08-26). "What is Left? What is Right? Does it Matter?". The American Conservative. http://www.amconmag.com/2006/2006_08_28/cover.html. Retrieved 2007-03-30. 

References

  • Critchlow, Donald T. Phyllis Schlafly and Grassroots Conservatism: A Woman's Crusade Princeton University Press, 2005. 422 pp. ISBN 0-691-07002-4.
  • Ehrenreich, Barbara. 1983. The Hearts of Men: American Dreams and the Flight from Commitment. New York: Anchor Books.
  • Felsenthal, Carol. The Biography of Phyllis Schlafly: The Sweetheart of the Silent Majority Doubleday & Co., 1981. 337pp. ISBN 0-89526-873-6.
  • Kolbert, Elizabeth. "Firebrand: Phyllis Schlafly and the Conservative Revolution." The New Yorker. Nov 7, 2005. pp. 134.

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From Wikiquote

Phyllis Schlafly (born August 15, 1924, in St. Louis, Missouri) is an American conservative political activist known for her best-selling 1964 book A Choice, Not An Echo and her opposition to feminism in general and the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) in particular.

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Sourced

  • Non-criminal sexual harassment on the job is not a problem for the virtuous woman except in the rarest of cases.[1]
  • The atomic bomb is a marvelous gift that was given to our country by a wise God.[2]
  • ERA means abortion funding, means homosexual privileges, means whatever else.[3]
  • The judges' obsession with smut is astounding.[4]
  • Minors are an intended audience for the highly profitable sex industry. Impressionable teenagers are easily persuaded to have abortions, and homosexual clubs in high school are designed for the young.[4]
  • It is long overdue for parents to realize they have the right and duty to protect our children against the intolerant evolutionists.[5]
  • The worst censors are those prohibiting criticism of the theory of evolution in the classroom.[5]
  • And the first commandment of feminism is: I am woman; thou shalt not tolerate strange gods who assert that women have capabilities or often choose roles that are different from men's.[6]
  • Men should stop treating feminists like ladies, and instead treat them like the men they say they want to be.[6]
  • The cornerstone of the political correctness that dominates campus culture is radical feminism.[6]
  • When will American men learn how to stand up to the nagging by the intolerant, uncivil feminists whose sport is to humiliate men?[6]
  • Many professors are Marxists or other varieties of radicals who hate America.[7]
  • Driver's licenses are a crucial national security issue.[8]
  • People think that child-support enforcement benefits children, but it doesn't.[9]
  • Every country that has experimented with women in actual combat has abandoned the idea, and the notion that Israel uses women in combat is a feminist myth.[10]
  • By getting married, the woman has consented to sex, and I don't think you can call it rape.[11]

Unsourced

  • Feminism is doomed to failure because it is based on an attempt to repeal and restructure human nature.
  • It's very healthy for a young girl to be deterred from promiscuity by fear of contracting a painful, incurable disease, or cervical cancer, or sterility, or the likelihood of giving birth to a dead, blind, or brain-damage [sic] baby even ten years later when she may be happily married.
  • Sex education classes are like in-home sales parties for abortions.
  • What I am defending is the real rights of women. A woman should have the right to be in the home as a wife and mother.

References

  1. United States Senate (1981). Sex Discrimination in the Workplace, 1981: Hearings Before the Committee on Labor and Human Resources. GPO. pp. 400.  
  2. "Topics; Invocations; The Godly Nuke", The New York Times, 1982-07-09. URL accessed on 2007-03-30.
  3. Fouhy, Beth, "A new version of the ERA", CNN.com, 1999-08-25. URL accessed on 2007-03-30.
  4. a b Schlafly, Phyllis (September 2004). "Activist Judges Rule for Special Interests". Phyllis Schlafly Report 38 (2). Retrieved on 2007-03-30.
  5. a b Schlafly, Phyllis (2004-12-29). Time to End the Censorship. Phyllis Schlafly Columns. Retrieved on 2007-03-30.
  6. a b c d Schlafly, Phyllis (2005-02-16). Feminists On The Warpath Get Their Man. Phyllis Schlafly Columns. Retrieved on 2007-03-30.
  7. Schlafly, Phyllis (April 2005). "Feminist Mischief on College Campuses". Phyllis Schlafly Report 38 (9). Retrieved on 2007-03-30.
  8. Schlafly, Phyllis (2005-04-20). Driver's Licenses For Illegals?. Phyllis Schlafly Columns. Retrieved on 2007-03-30.
  9. Schlafly, Phyllis (2005-05-11). Federal Incentives Make Children Fatherless. Phyllis Schlafly Columns. Retrieved on 2007-03-30.
  10. Schlafly, Phyllis (2005-06-01). Women Don't Belong In Ground Combat. Phyllis Schlafly Columns. Retrieved on 2007-03-30.
  11. Leonard, J.T., "Schlafly cranks up agitation at Bates", Sun Journal, 2007-03-29. URL accessed on 2007-03-30.

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Phyllis Schlafly is an American conservative. She is a political activist and a constutional attorney. She was born on August 15, 1924. Her best-selling book, A Choice, Not an Echo, was written in 1964. She supported many other conservative candidates such as Barry Goldwater. She started the Eagle Forum in 1972. She was one of the most well-known "Anti-Feminists", a group of women who opposed equality for women in all thing. Since 1967, she published her own newspaper, the Phyllis Schlafly Report.








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