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Phyllis Schlafly, Jenell Wright and Jan Burmeister

Featured on Woman to Woman on August 20, 2011.

Since the publication of her best-selling book in 1964, A Choice Not an Echo: The inside story of how American Presidents are chosen, Phyllis Schlafly has been a leader of the conservative movement in this country. In 1972 she started a national volunteer organization called the Eagle Forum.

In a ten-year battle, Schlafly, who is also a lawyer, led the pro-family movement to victory over the principal legislative goal of the radical feminists: the Equal Rights Amendment. An articulate and successful opponent of the radical feminist movement, she has appeared in debate on college campuses around the country for years. She has testified before more than 50 congressional and state legislative committees on constitutional, national defense and family issues.

Schlafly's monthly newsletter called The Phyllis Schlafly Report is now in its 44th year. Her syndicated column appears in 100 newspapers, her radio commentaries are heard daily on over 600 stations, and her radio talk show on education -- "Eagle Forum Live" -- is heard weekly on 75 stations. She is the author or editor of 20 books on subjects as varied as family and feminism, Power of the Positive Woman and Feminist Fantasies; nuclear strategy, Strike From Space and Kissinger on the Couch; education, Child Abuse in the Classroom; child care, Who Will Rock the Cradle?; and phonics, First Reader and Turbo Reader. Her most recent book is The Supremacists: The Tyranny of Judges and How to Stop It.

Schlafly is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and received her juris degree from Washington University Law School. She received her master's degree in political science from Harvard University. In 2008 Washington University awarded her an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.

Schlafly is the mother of six children. She was named one of the 100 most important women of the 20th century by the Ladies' Home Journal.


Jenell Wright graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in accountancy and a minor in viola - music performance. As a CPA, she worked at a Big Four accounting firm as an auditor for seven years, attaining a manager position before jumping ship to the vice president of accounting at a mid-sized pharmaceutical company. That position transitioned to her filling in the CFO responsibilities for the same company.

For the past ten years, however, Wright has been a full-time, stay-at-home mom to her four children; she keeps busy playing the viola with the St. Louis Philharmonic and professional music engagements.


Jan Burmeister has had a prolific career in communications and marketing, working in both the public and private sectors. Among the positions she's held have been the Associate Executive Secretary for Internal Communications at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; the acting Deputy Director for the president's personal correspondence at the White House; Executive Director of the Kansas City Sesquicentennial; Assistant Director of Development at the University of Missouri; Director of the president's personal correspondence at the White House, and Director of Living Way Ministries -- among other positions.

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