Geraldine Ferraro, the first female vice-presidential candidate for a major American political party and former Democratic congresswoman, died Saturday at the age of 75.
After first being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1978, Ferraro, a Democrat, went on to serve New York’s ninth congressional district for three terms. She ran as Walter Mondale’s running mate in the 1984 presidential election.
Besides being the first female vice-presidential candidate on a national ticket, she was also the first Italian-American.
Ferraro died of complications from multiple myeloma, a blood cancer that she had battled for 12 years.
Her family released the following statement: “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.”
Ferraro appeared on Chicago Tonight in 1985, and again in 2002.
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