A former elementary school teacher, prosecutor, and formidable congresswoman from Queens, Geraldine Ferraro’s selection as Walter Mondale’s running mate in 1984 made her the first female vice presidential candidate on a major U.S. party ticket. It also put Ferraro and her family in a pressure cooker. In the end, the Mondale-Ferraro ticket lost all but one state in one of the most lopsided contests in United States history. Ferraro’s trailblazing candidacy had lasting impact nevertheless.
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