Geraldine Anne Ferraro (August 26, 1935 – March 26, 2011) was an American attorney, a Democratic Party politician, and a member of the United States House of Representatives. She was the first female Vice Presidential candidate representing a major American political party.
Geraldine Ferraro was the first female Vice Presidential candidate representing a major American political party. Before being elected to U.S. Congress, she worked as a teacher and a lawyer. As an assistant district attorney in Queens, she created a special victims bureau. In 1984, Walter Mondale selected Ferraro as his running mate. In 2008, she worked on Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.
"I want history to remember me not just as the first black woman to be elected to Congress, not as the first black woman to have made a bid for the presidency of the United States, but as a black woman who lived in the 20th century and dared to be herself." -- Shirley Chisholm (11/30/1924-1/1/2005)