Phyllis Schlafly was Grassroots before there was Grassroots. We have lost a huge mover and shaker of the conservative movement this Century!
Phyllis Schlafly united the Sovereignty, Economic, and Social wings of the Conservatives behind one movement to stop the what would have been catastrophic Equal Rights Amendment.
Congress had set a ratification deadline of March 22, 1979. The amendment had 35 of the necessary 38 states. Five states later rescinded their ratifications. It was almost law and Phyllis Schlafly let an army to stop it. …and stop it they did!
Phyllis Schlafly predicted that we would be heading towards unisex restrooms 35 years ago,
Phyllis Schlafly did everything we in the grassroots do, and before there were tools to do it with! In her last years, she used all of the tools, including online radio!
She continued to fight until the end.
“Today, Phyllis Schlafly has gone home to be with her Lord after a long illness,” said Eunie Smith, Eagle Forum first vice president, in a statement. “America has lost a great stateswoman, and we at Eagle Forum and among the conservative movement have lost a beloved friend and mentor, who taught and inspired so many to fight the good fight in defense of American values,”
She is synonymous with Eagle Forum, one of the most powerful state level grassroots organizations in the country. It was founded for the purpose of stopping the Equal Rights Amendment.
Phyllis Schlafly has been my hero. She has been fighting the fight for freedom and liberty of decades. She did most of her time before the internet and gracefully embraced it as it grew.
She graduated college in 1944, when she was 19! She started politics at 22 when she guided the 1946 campaign of Republican congressional candidate Claude Bakewell, to a decisive win.
She never stopped after that. She definitely made a lot of differences.
There has been some infighting around her the last couple of years as she deteriorated. Let’s hope the parties involved figure out they have to unite behind HER message or Eagle Forum will slowly deteriorate.
Eagle Forum put out the following statement:
“Phyllis Schlafly spent an astounding 70 years in public service of her fellow Americans. Her focus from her earliest days until her final ones was protecting the family, which she understood as the building block of life. 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.”
Phyllis Schlafly, attorney, journalist, author and opponent of the Equal Rights Amendment, discusses the ramifications of a gender-free society.