I usually write about feminist women in my women’s issues column but to today I am going to break from tradition and talk a little bit of a woman who is known as an anti-feminist. It seems that her predictions of decades ago are coming true, but does that mean she is right because that is another kettle of fish for sure.
According to Wikipedia, Phyllis McAlpin Stewart Schlafly born August 15, 1924) is an American constitutional lawyer, conservative activist, author, and founder of the Eagle Forum. She is known for her staunch social and political conservatism, her opposition to modern feminism and for her campaign against the proposed Equal Rights Amendment. Her self-published book, A Choice, Not an Echo, was published in 1964 from her home in Alton, Illinois, across the Mississippi River from her native St. Louis. She formed Pere Marquette Publishers company. She has co-authored books on national defense and was highly critical of arms-control agreements with the Soviet Union.
Phyllis Schlafly was very much opposed to the the 1970s Equal Rights amendment that was championed by the second wave of feminists such as Betty Friedan,Gloria Steinem, and others who worked so hard to give women their rightful place in society. Phyllis Schlafly stated, "the ERA would lead to women being drafted by the military and to public unisex bathrooms."
Phyliss Schlafly was instrumental in turning around several states. She formed the counter women’s group called the Homemakers' Equal Rights Association.
Why Phyllis Schlafly could not see that there was room for both types of groups and both types of women in the USA goes beyond what this examiner sees as helpful.
Gloria Steinem among others found that Phyllis Schlafly was a contradiction in herself. How she could be so against women working and so pro housewives when she herself was a lawyer, housewife and mother is ironic. This examiner feels it may be even hypocritical. Steinen writes how Phyllis Schlafly had it all but was so against feminists trying to help other women do the same.
Art Moore writing for WND Politics, reveals that despite everything Phyllis Schlafly’s prediction turned out right. However, E.J. Graff a Brandeis Women’s Studies Research Center resident scholar and the author, says yes for women in combat, gay marriages, and unisex bathrooms and despite Phyllis Schlafly, these are changes that we should embrace.
Today Phyllis Schlafly is also concerned with the breakdown of the traditional marriage and told WND Politics about the case of a Utah Judge who didn’t like the ruling to ban polygamy and said it was a 150 year old Christian law that did not take into account the cultures of some African and Asian countries.
Today, Schlafly affirmed, polygamy is only part of a larger effort to redefine the family. She continues to hold the nuclear family with women and home and husbands working as the strength and power behind America.
Phyllis Schlafly is considered one of the most important women of the 20th century.