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Stop ERA,” Phyllis Schlafly

Phyllis Schlafly is a conservative political activist who is best known for her opposition to the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). Schlafly argued that the amendment would actually take away important family rights for women, such as automatic child custody in the case of divorce, and weaken punishments for sex crimes committed towards women. For her actions she was widely vilified by feminists, who denounced her as a weak and subservient housewife who personified everything the feminist movement was seeking to overcome.

Credit: Phyllis Schlafly, “Stop ERA,” December 6, 1978.