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Woman of the Day: Geraldine Ferraro

Posted by BrookeN at 29th March, 2011

Who was the first woman to be named to a presidential ticket?

Geraldine Ferraro, the first woman to become a vice-presidential candidate, was Walter Mondale’s running mate in the 1984 Presidential election. She was also the first woman elected to represent New York’s ninth congressional district in Queens. Ferraro grew up in the South Bronx, graduated from Marymount College with a B.A. in English and received a J.D. from Fordham Law School. At Fordham, she was one of two women to garner a law degree.

Ferraro’s pugnacious personality and sharp political skills made her an interesting pick, given the uphill battle Mondale faced against the Bush-Quayle ticket. While the Democratic ticket did not win the presidency, Ferraro’s selection as a vice-presidential candidate shook up the political hierarchy and created one more crack in the marble ceiling. Ferraro went on to serve three terms in Congress and was later named as America’s ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Commission.

Click here and here to read more about Geraldine Ferraro.

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Brooke Nepo is a recent graduate of Binghamton University, where she majored in Philosophy, Politics and Law and competed as a collegiate Track and Field thrower. In addition to interning at the Woodhull Institute, she is a Personal Fitness Trainer and training to be a competitive Weightlifter.

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