Gerry Ferraro has died at the age of 75. Ferarro is likely best known for being the first female on a Presidential ticket, after she was asked by Walter Mondale to be his running mate against Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush during the 1984 elections. Ferraro passed way surrounded by her loved ones after battling blood cancer (multiple myeloma) in Massachusetts on Saturday.
Current president Barack Obama issued the following statement today: “Whether it was as a public school teacher, assistant district attorney, member of Congress or candidate for vice president, Geraldine fought to uphold America’s founding ideals of equality, justice, and opportunity for all. And as our ambassador to the U.N. Human Rights Commission, she stood up for those ideals around the world. Sasha and Malia will grow up in a more equal America because of the life Geraldine Ferraro chose to live,” Obama added, referring to his two daughters.
Former president Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary had the following to say: “Gerry Ferraro was one of a kind — tough, brilliant, and never afraid to speak her mind or stand up for what she believed in — a New York icon and a true American original.
“She was a champion for women and children and for the idea that there should be no limits on what every American can achieve,” the Clintons said in their statement.
“She paved the way for a generation of female leaders and put the first cracks in America’s political glass ceiling,” the Clintons said. “For us, Gerry was above all a friend and companion. From the rough-and-tumble of political campaigns to the important work of international diplomacy, we were honored to have her by our side. She was a tireless voice for human rights and helped lead the American delegation to the landmark Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995. Through it all, she was a loyal friend, trusted confidante and valued colleague.”