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    Stop ERA: Phyllis Schlafly's Campaign Against Women's Equality

    by Linda Napikoski
    Phyllis Schlafly's Stop ERA campaign fought against the Equal Rights Amendment throughout the 1970s. This overview looks at the anti-ERA philosophy of Stop ERA.
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    American political activist Phyllis Schlafly speaks to an audience through a megaphone as she opposes the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) inside the rotunda of the state capitol building, Springfield, Illinois, March 10, 1975.

    Phyllis Schlafly

    Phyllis Schlafly Then, feminism hit a roadblock: Her name was Phyllis Schlafly. Schlafly, a staunch conservative, began speaking to the women who felt that the feminist movement was not for them -- women who enjoyed their roles as mothers and housewives. Schlafly, who was known to open her speeches by thanking her husband for letting her attend because "it irritates the women's libbers," rallied together the anti-ERA crowd. In Schlafly's eyes, the ERA would strip away any protections that wom

    Phyllis Schlafly, national chairman of Stop ERA, in 1976. (Associated Press)

    Phyllis Schlafly

    Four decades ago, when Phyllis Schlafly predicted that passage of the Equal Rights Amendment would open a legal path to same-sex marriage, she was the object of scorn and ridicule by the likes of feminist icon Betty Friedan, who famously declared she would like to burn her formidable opponent at the stake.

    Firing Line with William F. Buckley Jr. "The Equal Rights Amendment" Phyllis Schlafly and Ann Scott Debate the ERA

    Head of the Stop-ERA movement, through the Eagle Forum, holds a press conference in opposition to the First National Women's Conference, Houston, 1977.

    Opponent of ERA Phyllis Schlafly wearing a STOP ERA sign on her chest as she leads a group of protestors w. sign that reads WORKING WOMEN DON'T NEED ERA/VOTE NO in the halls of the IL state capitol as the legislature considers the amendment. (Photo by Michael Mauney//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)

    Phyllis Schlafly spearheaded a nationwide campaign to stop the Equal Rights Amendment in January 1977.

    Phyllis Schlafly the lawyer and prominent conservative political activist that led the STOP-ERA (stop Equal Rights Amendment movement).

    Phyllis Schlafly

    Phyllis Schlafly (Getty)