Phyllis Schlafly and Betty Friedan Debate the Equal Rights Amendment

On January 28, 1976, Phyllis Schlafly and Betty Friedan debated the Equal Rights Amendment and the women’s liberation movement on Good Morning America. Schlafly and Friedan were not friends, but they frequently debated the Equal Rights Amendment and the feminist movement during the 1970s. Right now, Hulu has a series called “Mrs. America” that highlights the fight between Phyllis Schlafly and the second wave feminists over passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. The Equal Rights Amendment was a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution designed to guarantee equal legal rights for all American citizens regardless of sex. It sought to end the legal distinctions between men and women in matters of divorce, property, employment, and other matters. After Representative Martha Griffiths introduced the ERA in 1971, it passed both houses of Congress in 1972, then 38 state legislatures needed to ratify the amendment before March 1979 for it to be included in the Constitution.

Betty Friedan was a feminist writer whose 1963 book ‘The Feminine Mystique’ is often credited with sparking the second wave of American feminism in the 20th century. In 1966, Friedan co-founded and was elected the first president of the National Organization for Women (NOW) to fight for women’s equality. In 1971, Friedan joined other leading feminists to establish the National Women’s Political Caucus. Friedan was also a strong supporter of the proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Phyllis Schlafly was a strong conservative Christian voice that led the fight against feminism and abortion, and successfully campaigned against ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. She was a strong opponent of LGBTQ rights and same sex marriage. Along with Anita Bryant and Jerry Falwell, Schlafly led the rise of the Christian Right in the 1970s and its eventually dominance in the Republican Party.

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I’ve wanted to be an artist all my life. Since I was a child I’ve drawn on any scrap of paper I could get a hold of. When I went to San Jose State University, I became more exposed to the works of the great fine artists and illustrators. My college paintings were heavily influenced by the humorous illustrations of Peter De Seve, an illustrator for the New Yorker magazine. I also fell under the spell of the great muralists of the 1930s, especially Thomas Hart Benton and Diego Rivera. I graduated with a degree in Illustration. Angelo Lopez has had illustrations published in Tikkun Magazine, the Palo Alto Daily News and Z Magazine. From April 2008 to May 2011, Angelo's cartoons were regularly published in the Tri-City Voice, a weekly newspaper that covers the Fremont, Hayward, Milpitas, Neward, Sunol and Union City areas in California. He did a political webcomic starring his cartoon character Jasper for the progressive blogsite Everyday Citizen. Since December 2011, Angelo does a regular weekly political cartoon for the Philippine News Today, a Filipino American newspaper based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Angelo is a member of the Sunnyvale Art Club, and the Northern California chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. During the 1990s, he was a member of the part-timer workers SEIU unit in the city of Sunnyvale. Angelo won the 2013, 2015 and 2016 and 2018 Sigma Delta Chi award for editorial cartooning for newspapers with a circulation under 100,000. He has also won the 2016 RFK Book and Journalism Award for Editorial Cartoons. Angelo won first prize for the Best of the West contest in 2016 and third prize in 2017. Angelo is married to Lisa Reeber. They enjoy taking walks, watching movies and hanging out with their nieces.
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1 Response to Phyllis Schlafly and Betty Friedan Debate the Equal Rights Amendment

  1. Schafly said the Equal Rights Amendment would mean that women and men could use the same restroom. Has she ever been on an airplane?

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