Phyllis Schlafly’s “Positive” Freedom: Liberty, Liberation, and the Equal Rights Amendment

  title={Phyllis Schlafly’s “Positive” Freedom: Liberty, Liberation, and the Equal Rights Amendment},
  author={Eric C. Miller},
  journal={Rhetoric \& Public Affairs},
  pages={277 - 300}
  • E. C. Miller
  • Published 19 June 2015
  • Sociology
  • Rhetoric & Public Affairs
This article considers the rhetoric of Phyllis Schlafly and her STOP ERA movement. Despite the early success and broad popularity of the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970s, Schlafly and her colleagues were able to prevent its ratification. In their many clashes with proponents of the women’s liberation movement, these traditionalist women successfully appropriated and redeployed an ideographic argument that had been the province of their foes. Specifically, Schlafly claimed that traditional… 
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