Phyllis Schlafly: Woman of Courage
By Susan Steffen-Kraft
The feminists were angry including the ever charming Betty Friedan! She stated she would like to burn Phyllis Schlafly at the stake. Whew! She and the rest of the feminist movement had 3 presidents behind them; of which two were Republicans and one a Democrat. They were Nixon, Ford, and Carter.
In 1972, the Feminist movement of NOW were going after their goal; to ratify the ERA! Feminists were radical with a goal of pushing the idea the it was alright to be single and divorced thus creating large amounts of fatherless children.
Phyllis herself was called out for having a career while urging mothers to stay home. She clarified that by explaining that she had had different things at different times in her life. That while she believed that woman can do anything they want and she herself obviously set an example of what she stood for. For 25 years, she had no income, separate income, and also raised her 6 children.
As she so aptly explained, the feminist movement does not laud or appreciate women who are successful. They only pointed out how women are unfairly treated in our society, and how they need and should get taxpayer money. Also, they felt that women need legalization and the government to make it in today's world.
Phyllis kicked off her Stop ERA campaign launched in February 1972, with an article she wrote: "What's Wrong with Equal Rights for Women?" Then over the next 10 years, approximately 100 issues of her Phyllis Schlafly Report were devoted to exposing the bad effects of the amendment.
The ERA would actually have taken away some women's rights. They based their arguments on the writings of pro-ERA law professors, among them believe it or not, current Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The amendment would require women to be drafted into military combat any time men were conscripted.
It would also abolish the presumption that the husband should support his wife and would have taken away Social Security benefits for wives and widows. This would have given the federal courts and the federal government a new power of immense proportion that would reinterpret every law that makes a distinction based on genders; especially those related to marriage, divorce and alimony.
It would also have transferred state power to the federal government. This is what the ERA would have done. She also believed that the worst thing the liberals did to this country was giving us Lyndon Johnson welfare system. That broke up millions of marriages by funneling taxpayers' money solely to the woman which in turn made the father and husband of no importance.
Phyllis Schlafly was an intelligent lady who never backed down from a battle and she absolutely believed that the movement pushed the idea that self-fulfillment was very important. In fact so important that other values were to be pushed aside. This, as she put was "not compatible with a happy marriage, a successful marriage, and with motherhood". One of her quotes was that "Feminism is doomed to failure because it is based on an attempt to restructure human nature."
Who were some of those Kingmakers? Nelson Rockefeller, Henry Cabot Lodge, Arthur Dean, and Paul Hoffman to name a few. They are motivated because they hold an interest in the welfare state, deficit spending and last but not least, foreign giveaway programs which became American Last policy. They manipulated both parties and those disastrous choices because resulted in the foreign policy that appeased the communist governments.
A busy lady through all these years with so many accomplishments. She is the author or editor of 20 books. She has run the pro-family Eagle Forum which is a national volunteer organization. In its 47th year at this point is her Phyllis Schlafly Report. She has radio commentaries on more than 600 stations. She also hosts a radio talk show called "Eagle Forum Live" which is on 90 stations and heard weekly plus you can hear it on the internet.
Phyllis was also named one of the 100 most important women of the 20th century by none other than the Ladies' Home Journal and in 1992 named the Illinois Mother of the Year. In my humble opinion, even at age 90, she is an Iron Fist in a Velvet Glove.
As she delves into the monstrous Law of the Sea Treaty, Constitutional Convention, Pro-Family, Common Core Education and a firm believer there is a war on Religious Freedom plus other topics; she shows how well studied and versed she is.
Thank-You Phyllis for your work and dedication to this country!