By Jonathon Van Maren
It was only a matter of time before Hollywood came for pro-life hero Phyllis Schlafly, and they waited until she was safely in her grave to do it. Mrs. America, a mini-series created by Dahvi Waller and available on Hulu, is a vicious smear job from start to finish.
Phyllis Schlafly was one of the most influential American activists of the 20th century. A constitutional lawyer and an anti-Communist, she sold three million copies of her first book (of more than twenty), A Choice Not An Echo, out of her garage. As a pro-life activist, she fought successfully to make the GOP a pro-life party. Above all, she mobilized millions of people against the Equal Rights Amendment—and won.
For that, the feminists could never forgive her. This mini-series, which claims to document the battle of the Equal Rights Amendment, is their revenge.
Feminist reviewers are already gloating about this. Kate Harding noted that Cate Blanchett plays Phyllis Schlafly as an “Awful person; fascinating villain.” Doreen St. Félix in the New Yorker wrote with satisfaction that Blanchett’s performance could “effectively destroy her.” The Guardian’s only complaint was that perhaps Blanchet was “too skilled…to play a figure of such uncomplicated contempt.”