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'''Geraldine Ferraro''' (born 1935) was a [[Democratic Party|Democratic]] politician and former member of the [[United States House of Representatives|U.S. House of Representatives]]. She is best known as the first woman to represent a major [[United States|U.S.]] political party as a candidate for [[Vice President of the United States of America|Vice President]]. Ferraro and running mate [[Walter Mondale]] were defeated in a landslide by incumbent [[President of the United States|President]] [[Ronald Reagan]] and Vice President [[George H. W. Bush]] in the [[U.S. presidential election, 1984|1984 election]]. After the election, Ferraro was tarnished by the questionable business practices of her husband and the drug arrest and imprisonment of her son.  Having her son serve his jail time in a luxury apartment with maid service raised a few eyebrows. She was later appointed as an ambassador to the [[United Nations]] and is currently a businesswoman.
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'''Geraldine Ferraro''' (1935-2011) was a [[feminist]] politician prominent in the [[Democratic Party]], who served in the [[United States House of Representatives|U.S. House of Representatives]] and was the first woman to represent a major [[United States|U.S.]] political party as a candidate for [[Vice President of the United States of America|Vice President]]. Ferraro and running mate [[Walter Mondale]] were defeated in a landslide by incumbent [[President of the United States|President]] [[Ronald Reagan]] and Vice President [[George H. W. Bush]] in the 1984 election. 
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Ferraro was an advocate of ratification of the so-called [[Equal Rights Amendment]], which would have probably made same-sex marriage and taxpayer-funded [[abortion]] constitutional rights.
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After the election, Ferraro was tarnished by the questionable business practices of her husband and the drug arrest and imprisonment of her son.  Having her son serve his jail time in a luxury apartment with maid service raised a few eyebrows.<ref>http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=940DE3DB1E39F936A2575BC0A96E948260</ref> She was later appointed as an ambassador to the [[United Nations]] and is currently a businesswoman.
  
 
==Electoral Votes==
 
==Electoral Votes==
Although Ferraro was the first woman to be on a major-party ticket for one of the nation's highest offices, she was not the first woman to receive an [[electoral college|electoral vote]]. That woman was [[Theodora Nathan]], a [[Libertarian]] Vice Presidential candidate who got the support of [[Roger MacBride]], a [[Virginia]] elector who in 1972 voted for her instead of [[Spiro Agnew]]. However, Rep. Ferraro was the first woman to receive more than one electoral vote.
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Although Ferraro was the first woman to be on a major-party ticket for one of the nation's highest offices, she was not the first woman to receive an [[electoral college|electoral vote]]. That woman was Theodora Nathan, a [[Libertarian]] Vice Presidential candidate who got the support of [[Roger MacBride]], a [[Virginia]] elector who in 1972 voted for her instead of [[Spiro Agnew]]. However, Rep. Ferraro was the first woman to receive more than one electoral vote.
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Revision as of 10:55, 26 March 2011

Geraldine Ferraro (1935-2011) was a feminist politician prominent in the Democratic Party, who served in the U.S. House of Representatives and was the first woman to represent a major U.S. political party as a candidate for Vice President. Ferraro and running mate Walter Mondale were defeated in a landslide by incumbent President Ronald Reagan and Vice President George H. W. Bush in the 1984 election.

Ferraro was an advocate of ratification of the so-called Equal Rights Amendment, which would have probably made same-sex marriage and taxpayer-funded abortion constitutional rights.

After the election, Ferraro was tarnished by the questionable business practices of her husband and the drug arrest and imprisonment of her son. Having her son serve his jail time in a luxury apartment with maid service raised a few eyebrows.[1] She was later appointed as an ambassador to the United Nations and is currently a businesswoman.

Electoral Votes

Although Ferraro was the first woman to be on a major-party ticket for one of the nation's highest offices, she was not the first woman to receive an electoral vote. That woman was Theodora Nathan, a Libertarian Vice Presidential candidate who got the support of Roger MacBride, a Virginia elector who in 1972 voted for her instead of Spiro Agnew. However, Rep. Ferraro was the first woman to receive more than one electoral vote.

References

  1. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=940DE3DB1E39F936A2575BC0A96E948260