Phyllis Schlafly, 1924-2016 – Call Her Mrs.

Phyllis-Schlafly-Stop-ERA-3239081xI ran across this bio of Phyllis Schlafly, written by Ann Coulter in 2002. If your knowledge of Phyllis is only recent, this will fill you in about who Phyllis was, and the things that she did.  I hope you enjoy it.


Even taking into account the extraordinary capacity of the left for hallucinatory self-aggrandizement, the insipid blather about the feminists and the total radio silence on Phyllis Schlafly is astonishing.

The elite media cast about for women to praise, hailing any female who has achieved the amazing feat of having passed the bar exam, but treat the stunning accomplishments of Phyllis Schlafly like the publisher of the New York Times treats his SAT scores. (It is a dark secret that must not be revealed.) Schlafly simply cannot be mentioned – except for the occasional demeaning caricature.

About the time a young Hillary Rodham was serving as inspiration for the perfect little girl in the Hollywood thriller “The Bad Seed,” Schlafly was remaking the Republican Party.

In 1964, Schlafly wrote “A Choice, Not An Echo,” widely credited with winning Barry Goldwater the Republican nomination for president. The book sold an astounding 3 million copies. (The average nonfiction book sells 5,000 copies.) Goldwater lost badly in the general election, but the Republican Party would never be the same.

Goldwater’s nomination began the retreat of sellout, Northeastern Rockefeller Republicans who hoped to wreck the country with slightly less alacrity than the Democrats. Without Schlafly, without that book, it is very possible that Ronald Reagan would never have been elected president.

As the feminists spent 20 years engaged in a death-match debate over whether it is acceptable for feminists to wear lipstick, Schlafly was writing 10 books, most of them on military policy.

She co-authored “The Gravediggers,” accusing the elite foreign-policy establishment of cheerfully selling out the nation’s military superiority to the Soviet Union. That book sold 2 million copies. She also co-authored the extremely influential (and extremely long, at more than 800 pages) “Kissinger on the Couch,” methodically dissecting Kissinger’s foreign policy and attacking his beloved Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty.

Meanwhile, the feminists moved on from the weighty lipstick debate to pornography. (As Irving Kristol has suggested, their primary area of agreement was that 18-year-old girls performing sex on stage should be paid the minimum wage.)

An early and vigorous proponent of a missile defense shield, Schlafly has written extensively about ICBMs and missile-defense treaties. Her work was a major factor in President Reagan’s decision to proceed with the High Frontier technology.

Having reached agreement on the necessity of a minimum wage for prostitutes (oops “sex workers”), feminists turned their inexplicable wrath on the titles “Mrs.” and “Miss.”

About the same time, Schlafly noticed that the Equal Rights Amendment was sailing toward ratification without anyone noticing. When Schlafly took up her battle against the ERA, the Senate had passed it by 84 to 8. The House had passed it by 354 to 23. The ERA was written into both the Republican and Democratic Party platforms. Thirty states had approved it in the first year after it was sent to the states for ratification. Only eight more states were needed.

But the ERA had not yet faced Phyllis Schlafly. Over the next eight years, thanks to Schlafly and her Eagle Forum, only five states ratified it – but five other states rescinded their earlier ratifications.

What the feminists lacked in linear thinking, they made up for in viciousness, control of the media and Hollywood glitz. As Schlafly said, feminists had “the movie star money and we have the voters.” With an army of women behind her, Schlafly defeated the ERA, beating both political parties, two presidents, the Senate, the House and a slew of Hollywood celebrities.

Soon feminists took up the issue of girl-firemen, demanding to know what possible arguments there were, pray tell, for women not to be firemen. (A short list: their inability to pick up the hose, their tendency to cry and panic when confronted with dangerous situations, the effect on families whose homes are on fire when they open the door and see the female equivalent of Michael Dukakis in a tank.)

Schlafly moved on to ludicrous United Nations treaties, the Violence Against Women Act, sexual harassment law, values-clarification programs and other monstrosities too numerous to catalog. People who dismiss her as a mere demagogue or rabble-rouser either don’t read her work or don’t have any idea what actual “scholarship” is.

She was nearly the first woman ever to attend Harvard Law School – though it did not then admit women, Schlafly’s Harvard professors found her so brilliant that they offered to make an exception for her. (She declined.) Instead, she married, raised six amazingly accomplished children and later attended law school in her 50s – all while fighting the establishment in her free time. She is brilliant, beautiful, principled, articulate, tireless and, most important, absolutely fearless.

That Phyllis Schlafly is the mortal enemy of a movement that claims to promote women tells you all you need to know about the feminists. That most people know more about Madeleine Albright’s brooch collection than Schlafly’s achievements tells you all you need to know about the media.

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21 Responses to Phyllis Schlafly, 1924-2016 – Call Her Mrs.

  1. MaryfromMarin says:

    THANK you for posting this, Stella. People need to know what she accomplished, and how much we are indebted to her indefatigable, fighting spirit!

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  2. stella says:

    Hers was a life well lived. RIP, Mrs. Schlafly.

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  3. stella says:

    Phyllis Schlafly at a G.O.P. platform hearing in 1976. Credit George Tames/The New York Times

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  4. hocuspocus13 says:

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  5. Col.(R) Ken says:

    She was/is quite a Lady. Rest in Peace Warrior, Rest in Peace.

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  6. The Tundra PA says:

    Thank you so much for this post Stella. You even scooped Drudge. I can’t find anything that reports what she died of. As far as I know, she has been well the last few years; I haven’t seen anything about her recently. She was an amazing woman. I had not realized that she was Catholic.

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    • stella says:

      All I have seen is that her family was at her bedside when she died. I’m sure more information will follow, but it was probably natural causes, considering her age.

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      • The Tundra PA says:

        A commenter next door posted a video message from her filmed 8/16/16 and she was bright, vibrant, and healthy-appearing. When she appeared at the RNC convention she looked well but was so frail. A summer cold can quickly become pneumonia and be fatal at her age. I hope she slipped away easily.

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  7. michellc says:

    She was a great lady. I hope at least one of her children will follow in her footsteps.

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    • Col.(R) Ken says:

      Hey good to see you Michellc….

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    • stella says:

      How are things in Oklahoma? People have been asking about you.

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      • michellc says:

        Everything is good, we had a lot of shaking going on the other morning. lol

        My daughter has been having a rough time with morning, noon and night sickness, so I’ve been helping to take care of the little man. Adding a toddler who is full of beans to my already busy schedule hasn’t left me with much free time.

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        • stella says:

          I do feel for your daughter, as I had the same thing when pregnant with my daughter. It will pass soon, I am sure, although it seems like forever!

          In the meantime, it’s a good thing that you are in good physical shape, and it will be a nice bonding time for you and your grandson.

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          • michellc says:

            I was the same with her and it lasted the entire 9 months. The good thing though was I didn’t have a little one to chase.
            She’s I think 15 weeks now and it seems to not be getting any better, she has maybe two days a week where she’s not sick day and night. Today is a good day and she was just sick this morning.

            I love watching the little toot, but he’s a full time job. He has learned how to open baby gates and doors, so he has to be watched like a hawk.

            I do cheat when I need a rest and stick a cartoon in the dvd, that holds his attention for about 45 minutes. lol
            I know it’s not the best but I don’t have the energy I once had either. 🙂

            I really dread when I go to the bathroom and hear, “I do it Nanny!”
            I do it is never anything good. However, it’s even worse when it’s complete silence.

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  8. stella says:

    Working until the end …

    Schlafly was a constitutional lawyer, the author of 27 books and a prominent public speaker. Her latest book, from co-authors Ed Martin and Brett Decker, is set to be released on Tuesday. It lays out how GOP nominee Donald Trump is “a surprising conservative choice” for president, the Washington Times reported.

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  9. ImpeachEmAll says:

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  11. Phyllis Schafly’s last post at WND:

    Such an amazing woman! A true American hero.

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