Last time, we discussed the emergence of the 1970s feminist movement as it grew from the civil rights movement. We looked at the conflicts over strategy and platform goals. And the internal debates that led to Title VII’s inclusion of sex, Roe v. Wade and the Equal Rights Amendment being well on its way to becoming the newest tenant of the US Constitution.
But it was during the early 1970s that a counter-movement developed, consisting of women who directly opposed the redefining of women’s roles in society that the feminist movement, radical liberationists and black feminists were advocating. This opposition movement played a crucial part in shaping not only women’s role in public society, but also the modern conservative woman.
In this episode of “Prologued,” we turn to anti-ERA activist Phyllis Schlafly and the lasting impact of the conservative women’s movement.
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