Geraldine Ferraro, the first major female vice presidential candidate, died today of complications from blood cancer at Massachusetts General Hospital. She was 75.Ferraro, a Democrat, was Walter… READ MORE >
Geraldine Anne Ferraro (born August 26, 1935) is an American attorney, a Democratic Party politician and a former member of the United States House of Representatives. She was the first female Vice Presidential candidate representing a major American political party. Ferraro grew up in New York and became a teacher and lawyer. She joined the Queens County District Attorney's Office in 1974, where she headed the new Special Victims Bureau that dealt with sex crimes, child abuse, and domestic violence. She was elected to Congress in 1978, where she rose rapidly in the party hierarchy while focusing on legislation to bring equity for women in the areas of wages, pensions, and retirement plans. Geraldine passed away March 26, 2011 of complications from blood cancer. RIP.