Announcing the 2016 “Say What” Winner … Phyllis Schlafly!


The Women’s Law Project is pleased to announce the winner of our third annual “Say What” contest—wherein readers and party attendees vote for the most ridiculous, most offensive statement said about women by a public person in the previous year—is Phyllis Schlafly.


Behold the winning entry:

 “Women like to marry a man who makes more than she does so then she can take time off and work fewer hours when she has something she’d rather do like have a kid and look after her children. So the pay gap, really, is something that women like.”                     -Phyllis Schlafly, Huffington Post

It’s always amusing when a professional woman—Schlafly is a lawyer with a master’s degree from Harvard and has authored or edited 20 books–extolls the virtues of women marrying men for economic stability in order to justify workplace discrimination. But that does not mean choosing a winner this year was an easy task; Schlafly’s statement was up against similarly tone-deaf competition.

With this distinction, Schlafly joins the ranks of Susan Patton (who you may remember as “Princeton mom”) and Mike Huckabee (who you may choose to try not to remember altogether).

The winner was announced last weekend at Rights to Realities, our annual spring party in Pittsburgh hosted by our Western Pennsylvania office. Now, as promised, the Women’s Law Project will send Schlafly a certificate to ensure she knows that she won this dubious honor.

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