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Phyllis Schlafly

Phyllis SchlaflyAKA Phyllis McAlpin Stewart

Born: 15-Aug-1924
Birthplace: St. Louis, MO
Died: 5-Sep-2016
Location of death: Ladue, MO
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Female
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Activist
Party Affiliation: Republican

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Opponent of women's liberation

Came to national attention in 1964 with a self-published book, A Choice, Not an Echo, denouncing "centrist" or "moderate" Republicans and backing Barry Goldwater's firmly conservative Presidential candidacy. The book earned her a wide following, and was distributed as campaign literature by the Goldwater campaign.

Her husband was an attorney, and after more than twenty years of marriage she went to law school and became an attorney herself. She ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 1952 and 1970, but her greatest success was as an anti-feminist activist who led the campaign which successfully opposed passage of the Equal Rights Amendment (EPA) in the 1970s. Founder of the Eagle Forum, which still works to oppose legalized abortion, same-sex marriage, sex education in schools, equal pay requirements for women, etc.

Schlafly has been an outspoken critic of "activist judges," and has called for impeachment of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. She has also worked with Jerome Corsi to oppose the "North American Union," a merging of the United States, Canada, and Mexico into a European Union-style unified government with a unified currency to be called the Amero. Basically a conspiracy theory, the North American Union is a proposal discussed occasionally in academia or science fiction, but it has never been seriously proposed or pursued by any of the three governments that would be involved.

Now in her 90s, she remains active and admired in conservative circles. Her son, Andrew Schlafly, is the founder and publisher of Conservapedia, the right-tilted answer to Wikipedia. Another son, attorney John F. Schlafly, is gay, and was outed by gay-rights activists -- political opponents of his mother -- in 1992. In response, he told the Los Angeles Times, "The family values movement is not anti-gay. They're not gay-bashers. I hold my mother in very high esteem. She's doing good work."

Father: John Bruce Stewart (machinist/inventor)
Mother: Odile Dodge (librarian)
Husband: John Fred Schlafly, Jr. (attorney, b. 1909, m. 1949, d. 1993)
Son: John Fred Schlafly III (attorney, gay)
Son: Bruce
Son: Roger
Daughter: Lisa
Son: Andrew Schlafly (Conservapedia founder)
Daughter: Anne

    University: BA, Washington University in St. Louis (1944)
    University: MA Government, Radcliffe College (1945)
    Law School: JD, Washington University in St. Louis (1978)

    Texas Review of Law & Politics Board of Advisors
    Center for Military Readiness Board of Advisors
    Council for National Policy
    Daughters of the American Revolution Ninian Edwards Chapter, Alton, IL
    Eagle Forum Founder (1972)
    John Birch Society
    Mandate to Save America
    National Federation of Republican Women
    District of Columbia Bar
    Illinois State Bar Association
    Missouri Bar Association
    Todd Akin for Senate
    US Supreme Court Bar
    Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society
    Phi Beta Kappa Society
    Pied apple, Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York City (1977)
    Evolution Skeptics
    Global Warming Skeptics
    Scottish Ancestry

Author of books:
A Choice, Not an Echo (1964, nonfiction)
The Gravediggers (1964, with Chester Ward)
Strike From Space: How the Russians May Destroy Us (1966, with Chester Ward)
Safe Not Sorry (1967)
The Betrayers (1968)
Kissinger on the Couch (1975, with Chester Ward)
Ambush At Vladivostok (1976)
The Power of the Positive Woman (1977)
Feminist Fantasies (2003)
The Supremacists: The Tyranny of Judges and How to Stop It (2004)

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