Phyllis Schlafly, Outspoken Rightwing Activist, Dies Aged 92

AP reports:

Phyllis Schlafly, the outspoken conservative activist who helped defeat the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970s, has died. She was 92.

Schlafly died on Monday afternoon of cancer at her home in St Louis, her son John Schlafly said.

Schlafly rose to national attention in 1964 with her self-published book A Choice Not an Echo which became a manifesto for the far right. The book, which sold three million copies, chronicled the history of the Republican National Convention and is credited for helping conservative senator Barry Goldwater of Arizona earn the 1964 GOP nomination.

She later helped lead efforts to defeat the proposed constitutional amendment that would have outlawed gender discrimination, galvanizing the party’s right.

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