An icon of human liberty
September 5, 2016
Phyllis Schlafly, the leading pioneer of America’s conservative movement, has died at the age of 92.
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“She is and was an icon of human liberty,” said Alex Jones. “Without trailblazers like her we would have no chance against the forces of tyranny.”
Schlafly, a formidable pro-family grassroots organizer who was politically active for 70 years, founded the conservative Eagle Forum in 1972 and served as president since then, overseeing the organization’s rise to 80,000 members today.
“Her focus from her earliest days until her final ones was protecting the family, which she understood as the building block of life,” the Eagle Forum said in a statement. “She recognized America as the greatest political embodiment of those values.”
“From military superiority and defense to immigration and trade; from unborn life to the nuclear family and parenthood, Phyllis Schlafly was a courageous and articulate voice for common sense and traditional values.”
Schlafly’s entrance into politics was almost accidental; she majored in political science at Washington University because it the the only major that offered classes that fit into her graveyard shift schedule as a ordnance plant worker during World War II.
After the graduated, at the age of 22, Schlafly led the 1946 campaign of Republican congressional candidate Claude Bakewell to a major upset victory.
She was also a key player in the defeat of the Equal Rights Amendment pushed by feminists in the 1970s, arguing that the ERA was designed to benefit single, young career women at the expense of middle-aged housewives with few job prospects.
The amendment was ratified by 35 states, three short of the necessary 38.
“The ERA was defeated when Scholarly turned it into a war among women over gender roles,” said legal scholar Joan C. Williams.
She was also a frequent guest on the Alex Jones Show.