Phyllis Schlafly, Eagle Forum founder, dies at 92

An icon of conservative politics - a St. Louis native who fought against abortion, communism, and the equal rights amendment - has died.

ST. LOUIS - Conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly, St. Louis native who helped defeat the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970s and founder of the Eagle Forum, passed away at her home Monday at the age of 92.

The Eagle Forum released the following statement about Schlafly’ death Monday evening:

"Today, Phyllis Schlafly passed away in the presence of her family at her home in St. Louis, Missouri.

An iconic American leader whose love for America was surpassed only by her love of God and her family, Phyllis Schlafly, an indomitable pro-family grassroots advocate and organizer, was 92 years old.  Mrs. Schlafly was preceded in death by her beloved husband Fred and is survived by six children along with 16 grand and 3 great grandchildren.

Phyllis Schlafly spent an astounding 70 years in public service of her fellow Americans. Her focus from her earliest days until her final ones was protecting the family, which she understood as the building block of life.  She recognized America as the greatest political embodiment of those values.  From military superiority and defense to immigration and trade; from unborn life to the nuclear family and parenthood, Phyllis Schlafly was a courageous and articulate voice for common sense and traditional values.  She authored 27 books and thousands of articles.  She spoke tens of thousands of times across the United States.

Her joy in life was evident to all through her smile and wit. Funeral arrangements are pending."



Schlafly endorsed Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump at a rally in St. Louis in March, and she co-authored a book called "The Conservative Case for Trump" that is being released Tuesday. 

Trump released a statement on her death, saying in part:

"Phyllis Schlafly is a conservative icon who led millions to action, reshaped the conservative movement, and fearlessly battled globalism and the 'kingmakers' on behalf of America's workers and families. I was honored to spend time with her during this campaign as she waged one more great battle for national sovereignty."

John Hancock, Chairman of the Missouri Republican Party, released the following statement Monday evening:

“America has lost a national treasure and conservative icon. Phyllis Schlafly spent most of her life at the forefront of the grassroots conservative movement, championing family values and strong national security. Until her final days, she remained an aggressive and vocal advocate for her beliefs. Less than two months ago, I had the honor of celebrating her years of service to the Republican Party and the conservative movement on the floor of the Republican National Convention, which Phyllis has attended faithfully since the 1950s. Phyllis’ passion and effectiveness will certainly be missed, but her legacy will endure for generations to come.”

Photos: Phyllis Schlafly

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 


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