Phyllis Schlafly

  • Elected Public Office: None 
  • Position:  Founder and president of Eagle Forum 
  • Home City:  Alton, IL
  • Birth Date and Place:  St. Louis, MO, August 15, 1924 
  • Family:  Husband: John (deceased); children: John, Bruce, Roger, Liza, Andrew, Anne 
  • Education: Washington University, A.B. degree, 1944 (Phi Beta Kappa); Radcliffe College, Cambridge, MS, M.A degree, 1945; Washington University Law School, J.D. 1978.
  • Religion:  Roman Catholic 
  • Occupation:  attorney, political activist, author of 21 books. 
  • Work Experience:  model; ballistics technician in an ammunition plant; researcher for the American Enterprise Institute; founder and president of Eagle Forum. 

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  • She is known for her anti-feminism and for her ongoing campaign against the proposed Equal Rights Amendment. Her self-published book, A Choice, Not An Echo, was published in 1964.  She has co-authored books on national defense and was highly critical of arms-control agreements with the former Soviet Union
  • In 1952, Schlafly ran unsuccessfully for Congress as a Republican in a Democratic district. She came to national attention when millions of copies of her self-published book, A Choice, Not an Echo, were distributed in support of Goldwater's 1964 presidential campaign. In it, Schlafly denounced the Rockefeller Republicans, accusing them of corruption and globalism
  • In 1970, she ran unsuccessfully for a House of Representatives seat in Illinois against Democratic incumbent George E. Shipley.
  • 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.
  • She has called Roe vs Wade "the worst decision in the history of the U.S. Supreme Court" and said that it "is responsible for the killing of millions of unborn babies".
  • Schlafly became the most extreme opponent of the Equal Rights Amendment during the 1970s as the organizer of the "Stop the ERA" . . . an acronym for "Stop Taking our Privileges", because Schlafly argues the ERA would take away 'privileges', including "dependent wife" benefits under Social Security and exemption from Selective Service registration.
  • At the May 16, 2008, commencement ceremony of Washington University, Schlafly she was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters degree. A protest to rescind the honorary degree received support from faculty and students. During the ceremony, hundreds of the 14,000 attendees, including one third of the graduating students and some faculty, silently stood and turned their backs to Schlafly in protest 

 

 

 

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