Phyllis Schlafly, visiting Christendom in 1996.

Phyllis Schlafly, visiting Christendom in 1996.

Conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly, who helped defeat the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970s, passed away on Tuesday, September 5. The founder of the Eagle Forum and a staunch Catholic, Schlafly was a supporter of Christendom College, and was honored with the college’s Pro Deo Award in 1996. She died at the age of 92, leaving behind a legacy as one of the most outspoken conservative leaders of the 20th and 21st centuries,

“Phyllis was a courageous woman who loved her country and was not afraid to stand up for what she believed in. Her defense of the family was one of her great contributions. She was a fine example and genuine inspiration for all of us. May she rest in peace,” said college president Dr. Timothy O’Donnell.

Born in 1924 in Depression-era St. Louis, Mo., Schlafly earned degrees from Washington University, Harvard University, and Washington University of Law — the former a degree she earned at the age of 51, graduating 27th in a class of 2004.

Schlafly rose to prominence in 1964 with her work, A Choice Not an Echo, before founding the Eagle Forum — a conservative group that pushes for low taxes and a strong military — in 1972. She was the most outspoken critic of the Equal Rights Amendment during the 1970s, becoming one of the most instrumental figures in helping it fail to pass ratification.

Schlafly is survived by six children, sixteen grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

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