President-elect Trump: Honor Phyllis Schlafly by Picking a Secretary of Education She’d Endorse

Phyllis Schlafly (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

On election night when it became apparent that we were witnessing a truly remarkable and historic event, one great, American patriot came to mind — the late, conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly, who passed away this past fall at the age of 92.

Lost in the media coverage since is the fact that it is Phyllis Schlafly, yet again, whom Americans have to thank for the biggest political upset since the election of Ronald Reagan. As if already being “regarded as one of the two or three most important Americans of the last half of the 20th century” (as described by one of her foes, no less) and having “plant[ed] the seeds of a conservative revival” that ultimately led to the Reagan revolution weren’t enough, Mrs. Schlafly outdid herself one last time.

Undeterred by old age, right up until her death, Phyllis was still hard at work for the country she loved. Her early March endorsement of Donald Trump not only handed him a victory in the Missouri primary, but more importantly it gave him the stamp of approval necessary to be seen as a serious and viable candidate amongst countless conservatives, including this one. It’s fitting that Schlafly’s final book, The Conservative Case for Trump, happened to be released on the eve of her passing.

Phyllis’s support of Donald Trump, however, did not come without a cost and without great personal sacrifice. It caused a bitter and divisive firestorm within her organization, Eagle Forum, and within her immediate family. Continue Reading

Remembering Phyllis Schlafly

Phyllis Schlafly (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

On Monday, we lost an American icon and hero for women.

Phyllis Schlafly, the First Lady of the conservative movement, was a force of nature. She led a revolution of American women while raising six children, fighting the Equal Rights Amendment, writing a syndicated column, writing an 800 page book, and getting her law degree from Washington University in St. Louis. This is after she received her Masters from Harvard and turned down an opportunity to attend Harvard Law School–which at the time was not accepting women. She paved the way for the conservative revolution of Barry Goldwater and ultimately Ronald Reagan’s presidency.

Phyllis also ran for office and in 1970 during one of her congressional races her opponent rudely remarked that Phyllis should be at home with her children. She famously responded that, “My opponent says a woman’s place is in the home. But my husband replies, a woman’s place is in the House — the U.S. House of Representatives.” Cue feminists demanding they invented that line…

Her work outside the home never supplanted the work within and as she raised her children she was also an advocate for parental rights, education, and school choice.

And in case those topics were not enough, she was also an expert on national defense and immigration among many other issues.

I first learned about Phyllis in my Women in American History class in college and was lucky enough to meet her in person many times after moving to Washington, DC.

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