First Woman Nominated By Major Political Party Dies at 75


Geraldine A. Ferraro and Walter F. Mondale on July 20, 1984. (Photo: Sara Krulwich/The New York Times)

Geraldine A. Ferraro, the first woman nominated by a major political party to run as vice president, passed away on Saturday at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She died of complications from multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer she lived with for 12 years, according to a statement from her family.

Ferraro was a congresswoman from Queens when, in 1984, she was nominated by the Democratic party to run alongside Presidential hopeful Walter F. Mondale.

The New York Times’ Douglas Martin wrote of women in politics following Ferraro’s surprise nomination:

“It would be another 24 years before another woman from a major party was nominated for vice president — Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska, the Republican running mate of Senator John McCain in 2008. And though Hillary Rodham Clinton came close to being nominated that year in her primary run as a senator from New York, a woman has yet to occupy the Oval Office. But Ms. Ferraro’s ascendance gave many women heart.”

Take heart, M.L.T.S. readers, and follow in Ferraro’s footsteps!


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