This anti-ERA crusader said, "The claim that American women are downtrodden ... is the fraud of the century."This source says:
As early as 1972, Phyllis Schlafly posed this question: "The claim that American women are downtrodden and unfairly treated is the fraud of the century?Why should we lower ourselves to ?equal rights? when we already have the status of special privilege?" That editorial launched the movement that eventually defeated the Equal Rights Amendment.