Photo via Gage Skidmore/Flickr

‘First Lady of the Conservative Movement’ Phyllis Schlafly dead at 92

The internet has drawn deep political lines on her legacy.


Michelle Jaworski


Published Sep 6, 2016   Updated May 26, 2021, 2:24 am CDT

Phyllis Schlafly, dubbed the “First Lady of the Conservative Movement,” died Monday at age 92 after a long battle with cancer.

Featured Video Hide

The Eagle Forum, the conservative, pro-family organization that Schlafly founded in 1972, praised her decades of public service in a statement posted to its website.

Advertisement Hide

Phyllis Schlafly spent an astounding 70 years in public service of her fellow Americans. Her focus from her earliest days until her final ones was protecting the family, which she understood as the building block of life. She recognized America as the greatest political embodiment of those values. From military superiority and defense to immigration and trade; from unborn life to the nuclear family and parenthood, Phyllis Schlafly was a courageous and articulate voice for common sense and traditional values.

She was an outspoken opponent of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), which would eliminate gender-based discrimination, and was the leader of the STOP ERA campaign. Schlafly opposed abortion, gay marriage, and believed that women should stay home to take care of the house and children; ironically, she had an active political career and had bachelor’s, master’s, and law degrees and hired a housekeeper.

Schlafly’s contributions to the conservative movement are in part responsible to its rise in U.S. politics and evangelicalism over the past few decades, and she was remembered by conservatives online.

Advertisement Hide

“I was able to speak with her by phone only a few weeks ago, and she sounded as resilient as ever,” Donald Trump said in a statement. “Our deepest prayers go out to her family and all her loved ones.”

Advertisement Hide

Schlafly endorsed Trump for president earlier this year, and Trump also honored her by praising her for that endorsement in a tweet this morning.

Liberal Twitter was less generous with their tributes.

Advertisement Hide

Others were quick to point out that belittling the dead isn’t really taking the high road.

Funeral plans for Schlafly are pending, according to the Eagle Forum.

Advertisement Hide

Share this article
*First Published: Sep 6, 2016, 10:39 am CDT