ST LOUIS - Friday, World Net Daily announced its pick of "The Most Important Woman in the Last 100 Years." The pick was not Hillary Clinton, US Senator Diane Feinstein, Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Margaret Sanger or Betty Friedan. It wasn't even Sarah Palin, Margaret Thatcher or Ayn Rand. WND's choice was none other than 88 year old Eagle Forum founder, attorney, author and conservative movement leader Phyllis Schlafly.
Mrs. Schlafly launched into her political activism from downstate Illinois, the same state identified with US presidents Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. In its analysis of her impact on American politics,WND reviews Mrs. Schlafly's historical congressional bid from the Alton Illinois area, when her husband Fred was asked to consider running and the spotlight turned to his wife.
“My husband didn’t want to run, but in the course of the evening’s con versation, someone asked me if I wanted to run. They talked me into it, and so I decided to run. Then, when I won this hot primary, [it] became a big news event because I was running for Congress as a young woman with a young baby.”
Although Schlafly lost the election, while the course of running, the Republican Party asked her to deliver the keynote speech at the state convention in Springfield, Ill.
“I remember it was not an air conditioned building,” she said. “The speech turned out to be a sensation. After that speech, I started to get invitations to speak from all over the state.”
From there, she volunteered for the Illinois Federation of Republican Women, an organization of 30,000 women, and was eventually elected president, serving in that office for five years.