Geraldine Ferraro has died at the age of 75. Ferraro was the first woman to run on a national presidential ticket. She was an attorney, a Democrat and ran as a vice-presidential candidate with Walter Mondale. She is a former congresswoman from New York’s 9th District, leaving the House in 1985. I’ll have updates as available.
Ferraro was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in 1998, but did not disclose the condition until 2001. She was orginally given three to five years to live. She died at Massachusetts General Hospital of complications of blood cancer.
“Geraldine Anne Ferraro Zaccaro was widely known as a leader, a fighter for justice, and a tireless advocate for those without a voice. To us, she was a wife, mother, grandmother and aunt, a woman devoted to and deeply loved by her family. Her courage and generosity of spirit throughout her life waging battles big and small, public and personal, will never be forgotten and will be sorely missed.”
During the 2008 presidential campaign, Gerry Ferraro supported Hillary Clinton. She made this statement.
“If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position. And if he was a woman (of any color) he would not be in this position. He happens to be very lucky to be who he is. And the country is caught up in the concept.”
Ferraro subsequently resigned from Hillary’s Campaign Finance Committee. She was accused of racism, but justified her statement in numerous ways and strongly held that because she was white, she was being attacked.
She was right, of course. Unfortunately, she failed to blame the media for not reporting what they knew about Barack Obama, and what they didn’t know. Today she has certainly been vindicated. Obama would not be president if he were not Black and had the media reported his “accomplishments,” all of which were American failures.
Ferraro’s strength can be seen in her unbiased comment about Sarah Palin.
“It’s great to be the first, but I don’t want to be the only. And so now it is wonderful to see a woman on a national ticket.”
Geraldine Ferraro’s Acceptance Speech at Democrat Convention (video)