Geraldine Ferraro passed away at age 75 on Saturday, in Boston at Mass General Hospital:
The cause was complications from multiple myeloma, a blood cancer that she had battled for 12 years, her family said in a statement. She died at Massachusetts General Hospital, where she had been undergoing treatment since Monday.
In 1984, Ferraro was the first woman to ever be nominated for Vice President, as Walter Mondale’s running mate…
“If we can do this, we can do anything,” Ms. Ferraro declared on a July evening to a cheering Democratic National Convention in San Francisco.
The election was lost to Ronald Reagan, but Geraldine Ferraro had broken the glass ceiling and “64 years after women won the right to vote, a woman had removed the “men only” sign from the White House door.” That in itself was a huge victory for women.
Ann Richards, who was the Texas state treasurer at the time and went on to become governor, recalled that after the Ferraro nomination, “the first thing I thought of was not winning in the political sense, but of my two daughters.”
“To think,” Ms. Richards added, “of the numbers of young women who can now aspire to anything.”
USA Today noted tthat Ferraro’s “vice presidential bid, the first for a woman on a major party ticket, emboldened women across the country to seek public office and helped lay the groundwork for Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential candidacy in 2008 and John McCain’s choice of his running mate, Sarah Palin, that year.”
Walter Mondale “remembered his former running mate as “a remarkable woman and a dear human being.””
“She was a pioneer in our country for justice for women and a more open society. She broke a lot of molds and it’s a better country for what she did,” Mondale told the Associated Press.