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Schlafly, Phyllis 

Phyllis Schlafly ran for U.S. Congress in 1952 because of her interest in the communist threat and other conservative causes. She gained a reputation in Republican circles when she self-published the treatise A Choice, Not an Echo. She became interested in the Equal Rights Amendment in December 1971 and began a crusade for its defeat that was eventually successful. Schlafly has continued to write, publish, and broadcast since then.