I do not celebrate anyone’s death, but I will not sugar-coat their lives simply because they are dead.
Schlafly was a Catholic woman, famous for her conservative activism. She opposed feminism, and, unfortunately, successfully campaigned against the Equal Rights Amendment.
She was anti-choice, she didn’t believe marital rape existed, and she believed same-sex
marriage was an abomination. Despite being a constitutional lawyer, she firmly believed that the primary role of women was to be a good wife and mother.
There is a quote that has been attributed to her, although I’ve yet to find the source. It says, “There will be a woman president over my dead body.” She lived to see so much of what she feared: women in combat zones, same-sex marriage, a proliferation of unisex bathrooms. At least she won’t have to see our first Madame President.
I wish her family peace in this time of mourning.
Photo by Gage Skidmore