On Sunday, one of the conservative movement’s most vocal and effective leaders went on to her eternal reward. Phyllis Schlafly, founder of the Eagle Forum and one of the principal boosters of the Reagan Revolution, died at 92. Behind her, she left a legacy of women who championed traditional views of family in the public square.
Her most memorable accomplishment was stopping the Equal Rights Amendment from meeting the threshold it needed to be ratified into the constitution. She fought a decade long war against ERA and won. The measure fell short.
Schlafly simply felt that the Constitution was fine, as is. An amendment was not needed to give women extra rights. Women flourished in America. Ergo, to her, ERA was overkill.
Leftists reviled her for these efforts. On social media, the words of judgment and recrimination have been both uncivil and reprehensible. All directed against a woman who dared to speak her mind.[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/281701301″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]
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