Mission Driven Moms: Phyllis Schlafly (Interview With Her Daughter Anne)

“It was no more glorious or joyful to lead a rally than it was to bathe my children.” ~Phyllis Schlafly

Phyllis Schlafly often said that women can have it all…just not at the same time. Her life exemplifies that truth. Driven, intelligent, kind-hearted and devout, Phyllis made the most of every season of her life. 

First, as a young woman, she worked in a munitions factory while putting herself through college studying political science. Then as a married wife and mother, she set aside her personal aspirations to raise her six children full-time, support her husband, and serve faithfully in her community and church. Finally, as her children left home and the ERA movement heated up, she put her education and life experience behind the cause she knew would affect millions of women, mothers and families for decades to come.

A woman who talked with kings and presidents, Phyllis always cited her children as her greatest accomplishment.

Join Audrey this week as she discusses what life was really like with Phyllis Schlafly in this interview with her daughter Anne. Originally aired as a FB Live in The Mission Driven Mom Mastermind FB Group, this podcast contains the entire interview, Q&A session, and recommended resources.  

Listener’s Guide:

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2:15      Anne Schlafly Cori’s Childhood
4:28     Daily Routines
6:30     Her Relationship with Her Mother

7:29      A Favorite Memory
8:22     Faith in the Home
14:00   Her Parents Relationship
18:00   The Feminine Mystique
19:22    A Choice Not An Echo and Other Books
26:25   Actively Fighting ERA
36:41   Mrs. America, the mini-series
40:35   Learning More About Phyllis Schlafly
42:37   Questions and Answers from Listeners
55:10    Resources to Educate Others

Quotes from this episode:

“Part of her success was that she always made herself available.” ~Anne Schlafly Cori

“Women can have it all, just not at the same time.” ~Phyllis Schlafly

“All women work. If you’re a homemaker you work.” ~Phyllis Schlafly

“You may believe that the person sitting next to you will not be saved but you’re going to work together on this issue.” ~Phyllis Schlafly

When asked if she always wanted a large family – “I came from a family with two children. My husband from a family with four. Those numbers are good, but if you are happy and having fun things just happen.” ~Phyllis Schlafly

“Home is not a concentration camp. It is a sanctuary.” ~Anne Schlafly Cori

“Feminism is doomed to failure because it is based on an attempt to repeal and restructure human nature.” ~Phyllis Schlafly

“The feminist movement taught women to see themselves as victims of an oppressive patriarchy…Self-imposed victimhood is not a recipe for happiness.” ~Phyllis Schlafly

“It was no more glorious or joyful to lead a rally than it was to bathe my children.” ~Phyllis Schlafly

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