The news magazines with Geraldine Ferraro on the cover are tucked away in a box somewhere. I kept them because it was a pretty big deal in 1984 that a woman was finally named as a vice presidential candidate. The kind of big deal that made you think it would never be a big deal again, say in 24 years when another woman would be chosen to join a presidential ticket.
Before there was Sarah Palin, there was Geraldine Ferraro, the Democratic congresswoman from Queens, N.Y., chosen to join Walter Mondale on the Democratic national ticket. She died Saturday at the age of 75 after battling a blood cancer for 12 years.
"If we can do this, we can do anything," Ferraro said on a July evening to a cheering Democratic National Convention in San Francisco. It was a goose-bump-raising, defining moment for women who felt the victory of another door being burst open-this one to the White House-inspiring boundless dreams for ourselves and, one day, our daughters.
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