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Going to Law School at 50

Going to Law School at 50

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How a bet with her son sent Schlafly to law school late in life.

Phyllis 's Biography

Cause of Choice: Eagle Forum
Double Duty: She wrote many of her early books after 10pm, when her six children were asleep.
Three Attributes to Describe Herself: Hard-working, cheerful, and risk-taking
Advice for Debating: "Stay on message, be sure of your facts, don't engage in epithet argument...in other words, be a lady."

Phyllis Schlafly was 28 years old when she ran a 1952 long-shot Congressional campaign in Illinois’ 24th district. Though she failed to win the seat, the effort announced her arrival in the emerging conservative movement. By 1964, the mother of six had self-published the best-selling A Choice Not An Echo in support of Barry Goldwater’s presidential candidacy. The book remains a crucial text of conservative strategy and self-definition.  She founded the “pro-family” Eagle Forum in 1972 and spent much of the decade fighting—and ultimately defeating—ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, against all foreseeable odds.  Even feminists who rued her victory, couldn’t deny her monumental impact and game-changing grassroots activism.  With her Stop ERA campaign, Schlafly built and mobilized the socially conservative, “pro-family,” religious coalition that swept Ronald Reagan to office and remains a dominant force in Republican politics.
 
Schlafly is the author of 21 books and at age 87 continues to produce a weekly column and daily radio commentary. In 2008, her alma mater, Washington University in St. Louis, granted her an honorary degree for having “sparked widespread debate and controversies that in many cases have helped people better formulate and articulate their own views about the values they hold.” 

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