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Geraldine Ferraro

Geraldine Ferraro

Geraldine Ferraro (1935–2011), Geraldine Ferraro was the first woman nominated by a major political party as its candidate for Vice President of the United States. In 1978, Ferraro was elected to her first term in Congress, representing New York’s 9th District. She was a women’s and human rights advocate, campaigning for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment and sponsoring the Women’s Economic Equity Act, which ended pension discrimination against women. In 1984, Ferraro was nominated by the Democratic Party as their vice-presidential candidate. She spoke of the realization of the American dream during her acceptance speech, saying: “Tonight, the daughter of an immigrant from Italy has been chosen to run for vice president in the new land my father came to love...” The ticket lost, but Ferraro’s candidacy forever reshaped the American political and social landscape.


Lieutenant Governor Mary Anne Krupsak

Lieutenant Governor
Mary Anne Krupsak

Lieutenant Governor Mary Anne Krupsak (1932–Present), Geraldine Ferraro was the first woman nominated by a major political party as its candidate for Vice President of the United States. In 1978, Ferraro was elected to her first term in Congress, representing New York’s 9th District. She was a women’s and human rights advocate, campaigning for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment and sponsoring the Women’s Economic Equity Act, which ended pension discrimination against women. In 1984, Ferraro was nominated by the Democratic Party as their vice-presidential candidate. She spoke of the realization of the American dream during her acceptance speech, saying: “Tonight, the daughter of an immigrant from Italy has been chosen to run for vice president in the new land my father came to love...” The ticket lost, but Ferraro’s candidacy forever reshaped the American political and social landscape.

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