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Geraldine Ferraro, pictured in 1998, was the first woman on the presidential ticket of either major party.

Saturday March 26, 2011 2:51 p.m. EDT

Geraldine Ferraro, a former congresswoman and vice presidential candidate, has died, according to a family statement. She was 75.

In 1984, Ferraro was the first female vice presidential candidate from a major U.S. political party when she ran with Democratic presidential candidate Walter Mondale.

A resident of New York City, Ferraro died in Massachusetts General Hospital, surrounded by loved ones. Her cause of death was complications from multiple myeloma, a blood cancer she had battled for 12 years, according to a statement released by her family from Boston.

“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,” the family statement said. “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.”

The family statement also described her as the “first Italian-American to run on a major party national ticket.”

The Mondale-Ferraro team lost by a landslide in 1984 to Republican incumbents President Ronald Reagan and Vice President George H.W. Bush. In what became the second of Reagan’s two terms in the White House, the Reagan-Bush ticket won the popular vote 58.8% to 40% and then nearly swept the electoral votes, 525 to 13.

In 1988, Bush was elected 41st president of the United States.

On Saturday, he and his wife, Barbara, issued a statement expressing “heartfelt condolences and love to Gerry’s family.”

“Barbara and I were deeply saddened to learn of Gerry’s passing. Though we were one-time political opponents, I am happy to say Gerry and I became friends in time — a friendship marked by respect and affection,” Bush said in the statement. “I admired Gerry in many ways, not the least of which was the dignified and principled manner she blazed new trails for women in politics.”

In a 2005 interview with CNN, Ferraro remarked how she had come a long way from her upbringing as the daughter of working-class Italian immigrants.

“I went from being a kid who lost her father (at age 8) and who lived in the south Bronx to almost going in to live in the White House,” said Ferraro, who at the time was president of the global consulting firm G&L Strategies. “That just tells you what this country is all about.”

Ferraro said it wasn’t just her work as a woman, but also the opportunities available in the U.S. political system, that made her experience possible.

“All these phenomenal things. I want to focus on the fact that it is not me, personally, so much as it is the campaign and the candidacy, because I do think it made a difference for this country,” she said.

But during the 1984 presidential campaign, Ferraro faced harsh criticism and attacks — both political and personal — and remembers the different criteria she endured, a standard she feels all women entering the political arena are held to.

She was dogged by questions about her and her husband’s finances and the subsequent investigation by the House Ethics Committee.

“My biggest challenge in the ’84 campaign was doing the job so that I didn’t let down women,” she said. “In many instances because I was the first there were people looking at me and saying, ‘I just hope she’s able to handle it,’ because if I failed, they would fail. It’s a lot of pressure. It’s pressure that they don’t put on a man, obviously. I mean, look at Dan Quayle.

“If that had been a woman who had either made his mistakes in the campaign or during the four years of the vice presidency, it would have been a disaster,” she continued. “So the pressure is really quite acute, until we get enough women doing the job. It’s just a matter of getting the people in there making their voices heard.”

Ferraro was born August 26, 1935 — Women’s Equality Day — in Newburgh, New York, to restaurant owner Dominick and Antonetta (Corrieri) Ferraro. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English at Marymount Manhattan College in 1956. Then, while working as an elementary teacher by day, she put herself through law school at night, earning a law degree from Fordham University in 1960.

Since 1960, she had been married to real estate businessman John Zaccaro. During their 50-year marriage, they had three children, now adults.

She is survived by her husband, her children and their spouses, and eight grandchildren.

In 1974, after practicing law for 13 years while raising three kids, she became an assistant district attorney in Queens, New York, where she started the Special Victims Bureau, supervising prosecution of sex crimes, child abuse, domestic violence and crimes against the elderly.

She was first elected to public office in 1978 when she became the U.S. representative for the 9th Congressional District of New York. She was re-elected in 1980 and 1982.

During her three terms in the House, she championed the Equal Rights Amendment and sponsored the Women’s Economic Equity Act. Her liberal voting record frequently put her at odds with the Reagan administration.

After her bid for the vice presidency in 1984, she continued, unsuccessfully, to run for elected office — while working in network television.

Between 1996 and 1998, she was a co-host on CNN’s “Crossfire,” a political debate show. In 1992 and 1998, she ran for a U.S. Senate seat out of New York but lost in the Democratic primaries.

In 1994, President Bill Clinton appointed her U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Commission.

In recent years, Ferraro traveled extensively to lecture on behalf of research funding for multiple myeloma, the second most common form of blood cancer after non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, according to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. Ferraro was diagnosed with the disease in 1998 after the unsuccessful run for Senate.

In the 2005 interview, she expressed disappointment that no women had been named to a major party ticket for the presidential nomination since 1984, but she expressed hope that would change in the near future.

“I believe that in 2008, we are going to see a woman and perhaps women running for their party’s nomination,” she said in 2005. “I expect that we will see Hillary Clinton on (the Democratic) side and (Texas) Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison running for the Republican nomination in 2008, and both of them will have established their bona fides in the United States Senate.”

Indeed, then-U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton did run, and Ferraro served on her finance committee.

But in March 2008, Ferraro was at the center of political controversy when she resigned from her fund-raising position with Clinton’s campaign for comments Ferraro made about Clinton’s rival, then-Sen. Barack Obama, during the Democratic primaries.

Ferraro remarked that Obama’s campaign was successful because he was black.

She later told CNN that she was “absolutely not” sorry for her comments.

“I am who I am and I will continue to speak up,” she said.

Ferraro then criticized the Obama campaign for efforts she characterized as trying to block her First Amendment rights.

Ferraro is also the author of three books: “Ferraro: My Story,” “Changing History: Writings on Current Affairs,” and “Framing a Life: A Family Memoir.”



Geraldine Ferraro was born on August 26th, 1935 at 9:00 p.m. in Newburgh, New York according to

August 26th, 1935

August 26th

8 + 26 +2+0+1+0 = 37 = her personal year (from August 26th, 2010 to August 26th, 2011) = Heartfelt.  A real family person.

37 year + 2 (February) = 39 = her personal month (from February 26th, 2011 to March 26th, 2011) = Compliments.

39 month + 25 (25th of the month on Friday March 25th, 2011) = 64 = her personal day from 9:00 p.m. Friday March 25th, 2011 to 9:00 p.m. Saturday March 26th, 2011) = Conclusion.  Finality.  The end.


using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R 
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z


A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

Geraldine Ferraro

759134955 6599196         93

her path of destiny / how she learned what she was here to learn = 93 = Making the best of a worse case scenario.


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