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Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Wife, Mother, Conservative Titan

Unlike most political leaders, the late Phyllis Schlafly also had a tremendous cultural influence, by establishing respectability for those who stay at home and raise their children. Even many liberal-leaning women who reached adulthood in the 1980s and beyond are grateful to Phyllis for carving out space in our culture for them to spend time raising their children and educating them at home.

Indeed, one of Phyllis’s proudest achievements was that she taught her children how to read at home, which she did for all six of them in the 1950s and 1960s. This was decades before the homeschooling movement blossomed as an expansion on the same concept.

Recently some have called Phyllis the “Iron Lady,” but that term fails to capture the enormous good humor and charm that she always had in the face of intense hostility. Some of you may have had the benefit of attending one of her debates or presentations, where she would invariably withstand a hostile opponent or audience with remarkable grace.

Phyllis attended Republican National Conventions over a span of 64 years, from 1952 to 2016, and the party platform now embraces her positions on everything from building a wall, to being strongly pro-life, to attaining military superiority – which were all positions that she staked out decades ago.

Her funeral Mass on September 10 was held at the Cathedral Basilica in St. Louis, the same place where Phyllis was married in 1949 to Fred Schlafly, a blissful union that lasted until his death in 1993. But far from slowing down as a widow, Phyllis continued her work for another 23 years by both building on her prior efforts and expanding into new topics.

William Shakespeare left this world with a legacy in playwriting that took generations to admire fully. Phyllis Schlafly produced more during her lifetime than the rest of us could keep up with, and it may take us decades simply to realize all the good work accomplished by Phyllis Schlafly, our "conservative hero" and titan of American politics.

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