In Memoriam: Law Alumna Phyllis Schlafly, JD ’78

Phyllis Schlafly, JD ’78, left, with law school
classmates, Mary Stolar, JD ’79, and
Stephen Vossmeyer, JD ’77

Prominent Alumna Phyllis Schlafly, AB ’44, JD ’78, a native St. Louisan and a national leader of the social conservative movement, died Monday, September 5 at the age of 92.

Author of the provocative 1964 book, A Choice Not An Echo, Schlafly was an outspoken and controversial voice. She was best known for her conservative views on topics ranging from the judiciary, family and feminism, nuclear strategy, child care, and education.

A prolific writer, Schlafly was the author or editor of nearly 20 books, a syndicated column, and monthly newsletter, known as “The Phyllis Schlafly Report.” In 1972, she started a national pro-family volunteer organization, The Eagle Forum, which led a successful 10-year battle against the Equal Rights Amendment.

Named one of the 100 most important women of the 20th century by Ladies Home Journal and one of the 10 most admired women in the world by Good Housekeeping, she was a well-known advocate for the full-time role of women in the home. Washington University awarded her with an honorary doctor of humane letters degree in 2008.

News media coverage of Phyllis Schlafly’s obituary includes pieces in the New York Times, Washington Post, and St. Louis Post-Dispatch.