The Woman Who Stopped Equal Rights For Women In The US Has Died
Phyllis Schlafly is dead at age 92.
The conservative activist, lawyer, and author who worked to keep women in traditional stay-at-home roles and opposed the Equal Rights Amendment died on Monday.
Phyllis Schlafly was anti-abortion, anti-same-sex marriage, and anti-feminism. In the 1970s, when the ERA, which would have guaranteed “equality of rights under the law” for all people regardless of their gender, was on the brink of being made into US law, Schlafly – who was already an experienced Republican Party activist – spearheaded a movement to stop it. She said equality would be a step down for women, claiming that women were “extremely well-treated” already.
When the bill failed to pass, Schlafly staged a funeral for the ERA, telling reporters it was “dead for now and forever in this century” and that the US could begin “a new era of harmony between women and men.”
She continued to rail against equality for women her entire life. As recently as 2014, she wrote a screed against equal pay for women in the Christian Post, saying women earning less than men is “not all bad because it helps to promote and sustain marriages,” and asserting that “the best way to improve economic prospects for women is to improve job prospects for the men in their lives, even if that means increasing the so-called pay gap.”
Here’s how folks on Twitter reacted to Schlafly’s passing –
RIP, Phyllis Schlafly. No woman ever worked so tirelessly, ventured so far on behalf of the belief that other women should do none of that.
— Glenn Thrush (@GlennThrush) September 6, 2016
On the one hand it’s a shame Phyllis Schlafly died, but on the other it’s always heartwarming when Satan calls one of his own home.
— Big Sepsis Jeb Lund (@Mobute) September 5, 2016
Basically, Phyllis Schlafly was Donald Trump before Donald Trump was Donald Trump. https://t.co/R298KZb6uk
— Jill Filipovic (@JillFilipovic) September 6, 2016
Schlafly had enthusiastically endorsed Donald Trump for president, calling him America’s “only hope.”
The endorsement make sense, since Trump and Schlafly seemed to have the same attitude toward women. And in case anyone needs reminding, here’s how Trump talks about women.
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