Women in History: Geraldine Ferraro

When I was a teen girl, Geraldine Ferraro showed me that I could be a leader in our government. She was an attorney, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, and a politician for the Democratic party.

In 1984, she became the first female vice presidential candidate representing a major American political party when she ran with Walter Mondale. In running, she also became the only Italian American to be a major-party national nominee. While she was a member of Congress, Ferraro focused a great deal of her legislative power on equity for women in wages, pensions, and retirement plans.

When I got to college, in part due to women like Geraldine Ferraro, I majored in Government. She helped me see what was possible for me. Thank you, Geraldine. Today I celebrate you! For the stories and contributions of more brilliant women throughout history, visit here