Phyllis Schlafly, the legendary conservative activist, lawyer and author of 27 books, passed away on September 5 at her home in Ladue, Missouri at the age of 92.
In 1972, Schlalfly founded and became the President of the Eagle Forum, a pro-family conservative group focusing on social issues. The organization consists of more than 80,000 members today. Throughout her life, Ms. Schlafly focused on protection of the family unit, which she believed was the building block of life.
In her many speeches she talked about the traditional values inherent in our Judeo-Christian inspired country and our responsibility to keep those values sacred. A staunch pro-life advocate, she referred to Roe vs. Wade as “The worst decision in the history of the U.S. Supreme Court” and said that it “is responsible for the killing of millions of unborn babies.”
Ms. Schlafly was perhaps best known for her opposition to the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) during the 1970s, which she believed would take away gender-specific privileges currently enjoyed by women, including “dependent wife” benefits under Social Security, separate restrooms for males and females, and exemption from the Selective Service, i.e., the Army draft. Many believe it was her strong opposition that led to the ultimate defeat of the ERA. Her campaign included organizing a large group of women activists who brought homemade bread, jams and apple pies to their state legislators, with slogans such as “Preserve us from a congressional jam; Vote against the ERA sham” and “I am for mom and apple pie.”
Dianne Edmondson, former Chair of the Denton County Republican Party, was a longtime friend and associate of Phyllis Schlafly and a member of the Eagle Forum. Additionally, for four years, Ms. Edmondson was the Executive Director of the Republican National Coalition for Life.
In the video below, Ms. Edmondson, who is currently a Director of the Texas Federation of Republican Women in Senate District 12, talks about the conservative icon and why she felt it was necessary to defeat the ERA.
Bob Weir is a former NYPD officer, long-time Flower Mound resident and former local newspaper editor.