Conservative icon and Eagle Forum founder Phyllis Schlafly has died at her home in St. Louis, Missouri at the age of 92. According to a family member, she had been ill with cancer. She was an author, an activist, a constitutional lawyer, and an unsuccessful candidate for Congress. She has been credited (or blamed, depending on your political views) with defeating the constitutional Equal Rights Amendment.
Phyllis McAlpin Stewart was born on August 15, 1924 in St. Louis to John Bruce Stewart and the former Odile Dodge. She earned her B.A. in 1944 from Washington University in St. Louis, her M.A. in 1945 from Radcliffe College, and her law degree from Washington University's law school in 1978. She married John Fred Schlaffly Jr. in 1949, with whom she had six children. She ran for a seat in the House of Representatives in 1952 and in 1970, both in Illinois, losing both elections. (I remember a speech in which she said something to the effect of "To those of you who voted for me, I thank you, and for those of you who didn't, my husband thanks you.") Between 1964 and 2014, she wrote 23 books on a variety of subjects.
Mrs. Schlaffly was predeceased by her husband in 1993, and is survived by her six children.
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