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Geraldine Ferraro

Diana Walker, born 1942
Geraldine Anne Ferraro, 26 Aug 1935 - 26 Mar 2011
Chromogenic print on paper
Image: 34.2 x 26.6cm (13 7/16 x 10 1/2")
Mat: 55.9 x 40.6cm (22 x 16")
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine
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© Diana Walker
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The first woman to run as a major party's vice-presidential candidate, Geraldine Ferraro was teamed with Democratic presidential candidate Walter Mondale in a bid to unseat Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush in 1984. Ferraro had served three successive terms in the House of Representatives beginning in 1978, compiling a liberal voting record on social and economic issues. Just after her nomination, Time magazine featured her on its cover as a "historic choice." In a campaign that ended in a Reagan landslide, perhaps the most memorable moment came when Barbara Bush was asked what she thought of Ferraro, and said, "I can't say it, but it rhymes with rich." Ferraro later served as ambassador to the United Nations Committee on Human Rights.
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