September 6, 2016
WASHINGTON, Sept. 6, 2016 -- Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint and Heritage Founder Ed Feulner issued the following statements on the death of Phyllis Schlafly on Monday.
Perhaps best known for her work to prevent the federal government dictating gender roles to state and local governments, Schlafly was described as a "gracious warrior" by Heritage President Jim DeMint:
"Phyllis Schlafly was a persistent, nimble advocate of conservative principles and traditional values for a half century.
"Mother, writer, lawyer and president-founder of the Eagle Forum, her contributions to the conservative movement cannot be understated. Phyllis lent us her unyielding but gracious voice to answer and outsmart the radical left."
A conservative leader since the 1964 publication of A Choice Not an Echo, a benchmark analysis of the establishment "kingmakers" who opposed Sen. Barry Goldwater’s bid for the presidency, her Phyllis Schlafly Report and Eagle Forum have promoted individual liberty, family values and free enterprise for five decades. Heritage Founder Ed Feulner remembered Schlafly as one of the great architects of the conservative movement:
"In Phyllis Schlafly, America had a true hero: a woman who never shied away from her convictions and was an unabashed supporter of individual freedom and opportunity. For half a century, Phyllis just kept moving forward and building the conservative movement.
"Few others could hope to match her tenacity, wit and devotion to the conservative movement. She will be dearly missed by many, and we at The Heritage Foundation join them in mourning the passing of this great lady."