Today, it was revealed that Geraldine Ferraro, who was a trailblazer in the United States for becoming the first female vice presidential candidate with Walter Mondale, died Saturday at the age of 75 due to complications of multiple myeloma. This was after she battled blood cancer for well over a decade. She was with her family when she died in Massachussetts in Boston.
Ferraro, who started her career as a teacher and lawyer before going on in the field of politics, ended up being tapped by Walter Mondale in 1985 to become his vice presidential candidate when he ran against Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. She was the first woman to be named to the top of the ticket, not to mention the first Italian American to achieve such political prominence.
She would then go on to serve under Bill Clinton’s administration from 1993-1996 where she was named as the United States’ Ambassador to the UN Comission Human Rights. Former Vice President Walter Mondale called Ferraro “a remarkable woman and a dear human being. She broke a lot of molds and it’s a better country for what she did.”
Current President Barack Obama called her a “trailblazer who broke down barriers for women, and Americans of all backgrounds and walks of life.” She is survived by her husband John Zaccaro and their three children: Donna, Laura and John Jr.
To view a vintage speech of Geraldine Ferraro accepting the vice presidential nomination at the Democratic National Convention, click here.