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On My Mother, Phyllis Schlafly, and the Long Path of the Equal Rights Amendment

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Vogue Magazine
Vogue Magazine
 2021-03-24
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Recently, I called my mother to ask her the kind of question only a daughter can ask her mother. “Did you hate Phyllis Schlafly?”. “I didn’t know her to hate her. She was just against feminism,” she responded. “People used to think of her as the opposite of me,” my mother told me. “They used to put me on television up against her. I might have argued with her, I can’t remember. She was the anti-feminist, and I was pro-feminism. She thought feminism wasn’t good for women.”

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