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Anti-feminist icon Phyllis Schlafly dies at 92

September 6, 2016

Phyllis Schlafly, a political force who fought against the feminist causes and helped pave the way for today’s thriving conservatism movement, has died.

For decades Schlafly was a political icon, often a polarizing one, using her Eagle Forum, a national group of volunteers, to rally against the Equal Rights Amendment and abortion.

Ed Martin, current president of the Eagle Forum and spokesman for Mrs. Schlafly, said she had some health issues over the last month or two. She died Monday.

Phyllis Schlafly liked to say that she never held a paying job after she married.

That fit with her image as an anti-feminist. But it didn’t tell the whole story of the woman from St. Louis who never held public office but is regarded as a key player in modern feminism.