Geraldine Ferraro

Lawyer and Politician
Born Aug 26, 1935

Geraldine Anne Ferraro was an American attorney, a Democratic Party politician, and a 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 City and became a teacher and lawyer.… Read More

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1935 Birth Geraldine Ferraro was born on August 26, 1935 in Newburgh, New York, the daughter of Antonetta L. Ferraro (née Corrieri), a first-generation Italian American seamstress, and Dominick Ferraro, an Italian immigrant (from Marcianise, Campania) and owner of two restaurants. … Read More


1947 11 Years Old Ferraro stayed on at Mount Saint Mary's as a boarder for a while, then briefly attended a parochial school in the South Bronx. Beginning in 1947, she attended and lived at the parochial Marymount Academy in Tarrytown, New York, using income from a family rental property in Italy and skipping seventh grade.
1952 16 Years Old At Marymount Ferraro was a member of the honor society, active in several clubs and sports, voted most likely to succeed, and graduated in 1952. … Read More


1956 20 Years Old Ferraro received a Bachelor of Arts in English in 1956; she was the first woman in her family to gain a college degree. … Read More
1960 24 Years Old 1 More Event
She earned a Juris Doctor degree with honors from Fordham University School of Law in 1960, going to classes at night while continuing to work as a second-grade teacher at schools such as P.S. 57 during the day. … Read More


1970 34 Years Old In 1970, she was elected president of the Queens County Women's Bar Association. … Read More
1974 38 Years Old Ferraro grew up in New York City and worked as a public school teacher before training as a lawyer. She joined the Queens County District Attorney's Office in 1974, heading the new Special Victims Bureau that dealt with sex crimes, child abuse, and domestic violence.


1977 41 Years Old She was named head of the unit in 1977, with two other assistant district attorneys assigned to her. … Read More
In 1978 she was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, 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.
1980 44 Years Old 1 More Event
Ferraro was active in Democratic presidential politics as well. She served as one of the deputy chairs for the 1980 Carter-Mondale campaign.
1981 45 Years Old 1 More Event
…  She was elected to be the Secretary of the House Democratic Caucus for 1981–1983 and again for 1983–1985; this entitled her to a seat on the influential Steering and Policy Committee. … Read More
1982 - 1983 2 More Events
…  In 1984, she was the first female vice presidential candidate representing a major American political party.


1986 50 Years Old 1 More Event
She founded the Americans Concerned for Tomorrow political action committee, which focused on getting ten women candidates elected in the 1986 Congressional elections (eight of whom would be successful). … Read More
1988 52 Years Old 1 More Event
Ferraro remained active in raising money for Democratic candidates nationwide, especially women candidates. During the 1988 presidential election, Ferraro served as vice chair of the party's Victory Fund. … Read More
1989 - 1991 2 More Events
1992 56 Years Old 1 More Event
This tactic comes from the poisoned well of fear and stereotype " On the, 1992, primary, Abrams edged out Ferraro by less than a percentage point, winning 37 percent of the vote to 36 percent, with Sharpton and Holtzman well behind. … Read More
1993 57 Years Old 1 More Event
She served as a United States Ambassador to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights from 1993 until 1996 during the presidential administration of Bill Clinton.


1996 60 Years Old 1 More Event
Ferraro held the U.N. position into 1996.
At the start of 1998, Ferraro left Crossfire and ran for the Democratic nomination again in the 1998 United States Senate election in New York. … Read More
1999 63 Years Old In 1999, she joined the board of the Bertarelli Foundation, and in 2003, the board of the National Women's Health Resource Center. … Read More
2000 64 Years Old 1 More Event
…  She partnered with Laura Ingraham, starting in, in writing the alternate-weeks column "Campaign Countdown" on the 2000 presidential election for The New York Times Syndicate. … Read More
2002 66 Years Old After living for many years in Forest Hills Gardens, Queens, she and her husband moved to Manhattan in 2002.
2004 68 Years Old 1 More Event
She republished Ferraro: My Story in 2004, with a postscript summarizing her life in the twenty years since the campaign. … Read More
2006 70 Years Old In December 2006, Ferraro announced her support for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
She also continued her career as a journalist, author, and businesswoman, and served in the 2008 presidential campaign of Senator Hillary Clinton.
2009 73 Years Old …  In 2009, legislation passed the House of Representatives calling for a post office in Long Island City in Queens to be renamed for Ferraro, and in 2010, the Geraldine A Ferraro Post Office was accordingly rededicated. … Read More
2010 74 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Ferraro made a joint appearance with Palin on Fox News during the network's election-night coverage of the 2010 midterms. … Read More
2011 75 Years Old 1 More Event
Unable to return to her New York home, Ferraro died at Massachusetts General on, 2011. … Read More
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