Washington (dpa) – Phyllis Schlafly, a leading US critic of the feminist movement, died Monday at the age of 92 at her home in St Louis, her Missouri-based organization said.
“Today, Phyllis Schlafly passed away in the presence of her family at her home in St Louis,” the Eagle Forum said on Twitter.
Schlafly rose to fame in the ’60s and ’70s as an outspoken voice against liberalism and as a pro-family advocate.
She was a well known opponent of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), an attempt to outlaw discrimination based on an individual’s gender under the Constitution. The legislation failed when too few states ratified it.
Schlafly argued that the ERA would deny women’s right to be supported by their husbands and said it meant women would be sent into combat and that abortion rights and homosexual marriages would be upheld.
“Her focus from her earliest days until her final ones was protecting the family, which she understood as the building block of life,” the Eagle Forum said. “She recognized America as the greatest political embodiment of those values.”
She influenced the political faction that emerged as the modern religious right and recently made the case for electing Donald Trump president.