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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.

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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.

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"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)

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Women wept at the sight of her. Young mothers toted their daughters and whispered about history. One mom told political reporter Jack Germond, "I'm showing my girls they can be president.

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from Scholastic Teachers

Important Dates in U.S. Women's History

July 12, 1984: Geraldine Ferraro became the first woman major-party Vice President nomination. She grew up in New York City.

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from Etsy

Vintage Geraldine Ferraro Political Pinback Button First Woman Vice President Election Campaign Pin 80s

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from About.com Education

Geraldine Ferraro

Geraldine Ferraro: Major American Political Figure: Democratic Hopefuls Walter Mondale and Geraldine Ferraro, 1984