Debates by Phyllis Schlafly

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Phyllis Schlafly spoke at hundreds of college events, many of them debates, from 1973 through until about 2010. These were typically extraordinary, packed audiences of 500 or more, reaching a total of roughly 100,000 college students during their impressionable ages when they were forming opinions that would stay with them for the rest of their lives.

Phyllis Schlafly debated Karen DeCrow more than 80 times, according to the Syracuse Post: DeCrow was a tireless campaigner for the Equal Rights Amendment and debated Phyllis Schlafly more than 80 times." Karen DeCrow leaves proud legacy, The Post Standard (Syracuse, NY), June 8, 2014 Sunday, Final Edition, p. E2 (Opinion section). Phyllis Schlafly also debated law professor Catharine MacKinnon twice in California, as mentioned in Prof. MacKinnon's book, "Feminism Unmodified: Discourses on Life and Law" (p. 21).

For the duration of the struggle over the Equal Rights Amendment (1973-1982), Phyllis Schlafly kept a log of her daily activities. Here is a growing list of her college events, mostly debates, during the roughly 40-year period beginning in 1973:

  • at Princeton University, she spoke:
  • on January 1997, on "Whatever Happened to the Republican Party" [1]
  • during the 1980-81 calendar year, on ERA
  • at Harvard University, she spoke:
  • on October 14, 2005 (on "The Rise of Grassroots Conservatism," which began a conference entitled "Right Here, Right Now") [2]
  • at Columbia University, she spoke:
  • in early May 2008
  • at Stanford University, she spoke:
  • in late May or early June 1988, in Dinkelspiel Auditorium, called a "Conservative Feminist," reported in June 2, 1988 of Stanford Daily p. 21 (confirm by finding article itself)
  • on January 26, 1982, in a debate with visiting law professor Catherine MacKinnon, "to an overflowing and vocal audience in Kresge Auditorium on the present and future situation of women in American society" [3]
  • in early February 1975, to a capacity crowd of 500 in Cubberley Auditorium, with two other panelists opposed to her. At that time 31 States had enacted ERA. [4]
  • at the University of California at Berkeley, she spoke:
  • on February 24, 2009, on “Feminism vs. Conservatism" [5]
  • School of Theology, Claremont, California, she spoke:
  • on March 16, 1982, in a debate with law professor Catharine MacKinnon.
  • a college in San Franciso, she spoke:
  • on November 17, 1982, in a debate with Deirdre English, editor of Mother Jones

See also

  • Joe Kennedy, "Elitist heckling at Stanford," The Stanford Daily, Volume 181, Issue 9, 11 February 1982 ("The audience behavior at the recent debate between Phyllis Schlafly and visiting Law Prof. Catherine McKinnon made me wonder what it means to be a Stanford student and what it means to be a liberal. For a moment, I thought that I had wandered into an ASSU flick instead of a forum for intelligent debate. The booing and hissing by a portion of the audience aimed at Schlafly has already been criticized ....")
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