Phyllis Schlafly, Great American Conservative Woman

Phyllis Schlafly (1924-2016) – constitutional lawyer, author, and tireless conservative public policy advocate and debater – was a friend, a role model, and a champion to conservative women everywhere. A wife, mother of six, and grandmother of 14, Phyllis demonstrated by her life and work how powerfully effective conservative women are when they unite.

The first of her 20 authored or co-authored books, A Choice, Not an Echo, is credited with inspiring a conservative movement that ushered President Ronald Reagan into the White House.

Phyllis is also remembered for defeating the Equal Rights Amendment, a constitutional amendment advocated by feminists in the 1970s. Phyllis opposed ERA, arguing it would strip women of many existing privileges, including their exemption from the military draft. She founded the Eagle Forum with its state chapters in 1972 and, working through the chapters, rallied opposition in state legislatures to prevent ERA's ratification.

Phyllis was a tireless activist, communicator and networker who joined with many like-minded conservative organizations in promoting a wide range of conservative public policies, from education to national security.

We at CBLPI celebrate the life and work of Phyllis Schafly, one of the most effective and brilliant conservative women leaders of our time.

(For more in depth on her life and work, read Phyllis Stewart Schlafly, 1924-2016.)

Phyllis Schlafly speaks at our Conservative Women's Network, May 2001:


Phyllis during a CBLPI-sponsored campus lecture at UC-Santa Barbara, 2004:

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Phyllis receives CBLPI's Lifetime Achievement Award from CBLPI’s Michelle Easton at the National Press Club, Aug 2009:

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Phyllis at CBLPI's Going Rogue panel discussion, CPAC 2010:


Phyllis during a CBLPI-sponsored campus lecture at Furman, 2010:


Phyllis, a 2010 CBLPI Great American Conservative Women calendar girl:

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