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Geraldine Ferraro Dies At 75

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According to a report by Jeff Zeleny at the New York Times, the first major female vice presidential candidate, Geraldine Ferraro, passed away today at the age of 75 due to complications from blood cancer at Massachusetts General Hospital.


Her family has released this statement regarding the loss:

"Geraldine Anne Ferraro Zaccaro was widely known as a leader, a fighter for justice, and a tireless advocate for those without a voice. To us, she was a wife, mother, grandmother and aunt, a woman devoted to and deeply loved by her family. Her courage and generosity of spirit throughout her life waging battles big and small, public and personal, will never be forgotten and will be sorely missed."


After being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1978, Ferraro went on to serve New York's ninth congressional district for three terms. She also served as Walter Mondale's running mate in the 1984 presidential election.

Ferraro, first woman vice president candidate, dies at 75 [MSNBC]

Geraldine Ferraro Dead: First Major Female Vice Presidential Candidate Dies At 75 [HuffPo]

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Remember what Barbara Bush said about her in 1985? "I can't say it but it rhymes with rich."

Geraldine Ferraro on the Democratic ticket as VP was a huge deal at the time. It's never happened since - which only goes to show how serious and deep is the misogyny is in this country.

I've been heartened by how long she's lived with multiple myeloma. My husband died 3 years after being diagnosed. Geraldine survived for 12 years - good years. Multiple myeloma is cancer of the bone marrow/blood plasma - it weakens and eats bones, and is terribly painful. I'm glad she's on the other side of the pain now.