Quotable Phyllis Schlafly

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on differences between men and women

If you are having a steak dinner at a home and you ask a man there where he got the steak, he will answer with something like, "I got it at Schnuck's grocery store." But if you ask the woman host where she got the steak, she will respond as follows: "Why, what's wrong with it?!"

Successful men tend to be fat, while successful women tend to be thin. (Part of a speech to students at Fordham University)

When a husband and wife are asleep at home at 3 in the morning, and they are suddenly awoken by a noise downstairs which sounds like an intruder, does the husband ever turn to the wife and say, "Honey, could you go downstairs and see what that is?"

on Liberation

(Phil Donahue Show in the 1970s)

on Defeating ERA

"We beat them, and they still haven't gotten over it."

on Books

"Half the value of a book is in its title."

on Media Bias

Example of gender bias in the media: the headline for the end of the world would say, "End of the world tomorrow, women and children hit hardest!" (given in speech at Fordham University)

on her Most-Admired Historical Figures

  • Thomas Paine, for his effective advocacy through pamphleteering
  • George Washington
  • Thomas Edison

on her greatest Achievements

Q: You're credited with single-handedly defeating the Equal Rights Amendment. Is that your greatest achievement?

 In the political field, yes. Of course, I have six children and I'm most proud of them. If you're talking about politics, it was quite an achievement because of the odds we were up against. Nobody thought we could possibly win. Everything was against us, from the media to the politicians, the whole political structure of the country, and we were able to get the law. In politics, it's more fun to win than it is to lose.

(interview with Time Magazine, April 07, 2009)

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