Forthright conservative activist, Phyllis Schlafly, who aided in the defeat of the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970s, has died at age of 92. She is also known as the founder of the Eagle Forum political group.
According to CBS News, Phyllis Schlafly died of cancer on Monday afternoon in her home in St. Louis, her son John said. Anne Cori, her daughter, also said her mother had been suffering from cancer for some time.
It was in 1964 when Schlafly gained national attention with her self-published book, “A Choice Not an Echo.” The book described the history of the Republican National Convention. Three million copies were sold. “A Choice Not an Echo” is credited for aiding conservative Senator Barry Goldwater of Arizona to earn the 1964 GOP nomination.
The conservative activist was in defiance of the ERA because according to her, the amendment would open the door to abortion, gay marriage, co-ed bathrooms, military draft for women, and the end of labor laws against women working in dangerous workplaces.
“I’ve taught literally millions of people how to participate in self-government,” the conservative activist said.
“I think I’ve built a wonderful organization of volunteers, mostly women but some men, willing to spend their time to get good laws and good politicians.”
It was reported by the Washington Post that when she first published her objections in 1972, the proposed constitutional amendment (ERA) had just passed Congress. The amendment was accepted by 30 of the needed 38 state legislatures.
Schlafly stayed in the political arena until her death. She recently gave her endorsement for Donald Trump as president.
“Phyllis Schlafly is a conservative icon who led millions to action, reshaped the conservative movement, and fearlessly battled globalism and the ‘kingmakers’ on behalf of America’s workers and families,” Trump said.
“I was honored to spend time with her during this campaign as she waged one more great battle for national sovereignty.”
In her last days, the conservative activist caused anxiety among conservatives by backing Trump. According to KRDO, she endorsed Trump partly because he is allegedly the only conservative candidate who had been talking about “illegal immigration,” which she believed to be one of the most important issues in the country.