Longtime right-wing activist and author Phyllis Schlafly, 92, has died. She first got notoriety when she self-published a book called A Choice, Not an Echo, which has been credited with getting Barry Goldwater elected president.
Seriously, after the loss of her hero, she organized a group called Eagle Forum, and she was credited with defeating the proposed Equal Rights Amendment, thanks to the idiots in Congress giving the amendment a time limit on when it could be amended.
I wrote some time ago about how I got a book from a local book exchange, a critical book of Schlafly called Sweetheart of the Silent Majority, which Schlafly herself actually signed and not the author of the book. I thought it was funny she did that.
Photos of the book and autograph in question:
“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,” said Eunie Smith, Eagle Forum’s First Vice President in a statement. “I have personally lost a dear friend of over forty years.”
She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington University in 1944 — her masters from Radcliffe College in 1945 — and a J.D. from Washington University in 1978.
Schlafly’s organization has been split this presidential election — Schlafly supported Donald Trump, though many board members disagreed. She maintained her leadership of the organization.