Saturday, March 26, 2011

Geraldine Ferraro - R.I.P.

Former US Representative and 1984 Vice Presidential Candidate Geraldine Ferraro has died today at 75.
Geraldine A. Ferraro, who earned a place in history in 1984 as the first woman to run on a major party national ticket for vice president, has died. She was 75-years-old.

Ferraro, who was born in Newburgh, New York, passed away Saturday at Massachusetts General Hospital while surrounded by her loved ones, a statement from her family said.

The cause of death was complications from multiple myeloma, a blood cancer that she had battled for twelve years, her family said.

Geraldine Anne Ferraro Zaccaro, a former Queens school teacher and Congresswoman, earned a place in history as the first woman and first Italian-American to run on a major party national ticket, serving as Walter Mondale's Vice Presidential running mate in 1984 on the Democratic Party ticket.

President Barack Obama called Ferraro a trailblazer and said his daughters will grow up in a more equal country because of her ideals. Ferraro "fought to uphold American's founding ideals of equality, justice and opportunity for all," the president said.
Gateway Pundit noted the differnece in Obama's tone from 2008, when he and his campaign all but tarnished Ferraro by slapping the race card against her for comments she made on John Gibsons's radio show.

To which she responded:

She also called out the sexism used in the Obama campaign below, and did the same later on when sexist attacks were made against Sarah Palin.

Sarah Palin wrote on her Facebook page:
My family and I would like to express our sincere condolences to the family of Geraldine Ferraro. When I had the honor of working alongside Geraldine on election night last year, we both discussed the role of women in politics and our excited expectation that someday that final glass ceiling would be shattered by the election of a woman president. She was an amazing woman who dedicated her life to public service as a teacher, prosecutor, Congresswoman, and Vice Presidential candidate. She broke one huge barrier and then went on to break many more. The world will miss her. May she rest in peace and may her example of hard work and dedication to America continue to inspire all women.
Rest in Peace, Ms. Ferraro.

1 comment:

Atlanta Roofing said...

Sending sincere sympathies to the family of Ms Ferraro she will be missed. Ferraro was an intelligen¬¬t, articulate¬¬, passionate caring person, a good lawyer, and a forceful politician¬. RIP!