Phyllis Schlafly (1924 - 2016)

Phyllis Schlafly, a constitutional lawyer who successfully campaigned against ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution during the 1970s, died Sept. 5, 2016, according to multiple news sources, including CNN. She was 92.

Schlafly, who was widely credited with helping move the Republican Party to the right, went on to found the Eagle Forum Education & Legal Defense Fund. The political group announced her death in a statement on Labor Day.

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Word of her death prompted the Republican candidate for president, businessman Donald J. Trump, to share his condolences on Facebook.

"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," wrote Trump, who also noted that he had spoken to Schlafly several weeks ago, "and she sounded as resilient as ever.

"Our deepest prayers go out to her family and all her loved ones. She was a patriot, a champion for women, and a symbol of strength. She fought every day right to the end for America First. Her legacy will live on in the movement she led and the millions she inspired."

Schlafly authored 1964's "A Choice, Not an Echo," which took the Republican establishment to task. The book sold more than 3 million copies.

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