October 7, 2005


Conservatives' first lady sparked pro-family effort (Ralph Z. Hallow, October 7, 2005, THE WASHINGTON TIMES)

Few living Americans have done as much to shape the nation's direction as Phyllis Schlafly, who is arguably the most important woman in American political history.

She is the suburban housewife turned best-selling author who heralded conservative Sen. Barry Goldwater's 1964 Republican presidential campaign as "A Choice, Not an Echo," followed up by becoming an authority on nuclear-missile defense and then, in a stunning upset, led the forces that defeated the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).

When asked about her greatest accomplishments, however, Mrs. Schlafly takes care to mention perhaps the most important lesson of her long career -- "teaching conservatives that we can win."

Arguably? Who else can you even make a comparable argument for?

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 7, 2005 8:48 AM

The suffragettes.

Posted by: Chris Durnell at October 7, 2005 1:32 PM

They changed nothing.

Posted by: David Cohen at October 7, 2005 2:22 PM

To the contrary, the made the New Deal/great Society possible. No vote for women, no socialism.

But the point is it takes all of them to match one Ms Schlafly.

Posted by: oj at October 7, 2005 6:01 PM

I doubt that, but the real point is that the suffragettes lost. They didn't get women the vote. Women got the vote because of Mormans and rascists (which, to be clear, are two completely separate groups with no more than the usual overlap).

Posted by: David Cohen at October 8, 2005 11:37 AM

No Mormons in Britain.

Posted by: oj at October 8, 2005 2:06 PM

I thought we were talking about the most important American woman. Doesn't make much of a difference, though. The suffragettes lost in England, too, albeit only after they were brutally repressed.

Posted by: David Cohen at October 8, 2005 11:43 PM

Women get the vote. They won, at great cost to the world.

Posted by: oj at October 9, 2005 7:55 AM

No, only at great cost to men, who were accustomed to subsidizing their lifestyles by exploiting and oppressing women.

It's no great mystery why a certain type of man longs for "the good old days".

Posted by: Michael Herdegen [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 9, 2005 9:26 AM

All men do, because men favor freedom over security and votes for women tilted the scale.

Posted by: oj at October 9, 2005 9:33 AM

Women got the vote, but it had little or nothing to do with the suffragettes.

Posted by: David Cohen at October 9, 2005 7:22 PM

Yes, it was a function of our own ideology, but if they'd stayed quiet we might have at least put it off.

Posted by: oj at October 9, 2005 7:31 PM

No, it was a solution to very specific political problems facing the Mormons in Utah and rascists in the South.

Posted by: David Cohen at October 10, 2005 6:10 PM