Phyllis Schlafly the most important woman in American politics of the previous century has died at age ninety-two, from American Power:

Phyllis Schlafly, whose grass-roots campaigns against Communism, abortion and the Equal Rights Amendment galvanized conservatives for almost two generations and helped reshape American politics, died on Monday. She was 92.


In her time, Mrs. Schlafly was one of the most polarizing figures in American public life, a self-described housewife who displayed a moral ferocity reminiscent of the ax-wielding prohibitionist Carry Nation. Richard Viguerie, who masterminded the use of direct mail to finance right-wing causes, called her “the first lady of the conservative movement.”

Mrs. Schlafly killed the Equal Rights Amendment. By the time she got done the ERA was farther away from ratification than when she started.