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America's first female VP candidate on a major party ticket died today at 75. Lynn Sherr, who traveled with Ferraro on her groundbreaking 1984 campaign, recalls the congresswoman's electrifying debut, the way she inspired women all over the country—and how she handled her loss with grace.
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Geraldine Ferraro, running for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate in February 1998, visits her childhood home in a campaign visit to Newburgh, New York.
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Former Congresswoman Geraldine Ferraro holds up a bumper sticker during her Women in Leadership roles discussion at the American Woman's Economic Development Corp. meeting in 1990.
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Democratic presidential candidate Walter Mondale and his running mate, Geraldine Ferraro, wave as they leave an afternoon rally in Portland, Oregon, on September 5, 1984.
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Democratic vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro shakes hands with supporters in Jackson, Mississippi on August 2, 1984 after she and Walter Mondale launched their campaign. The signs in the background proclaim opposition to abortion and are held by protesters.
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Gloria Steinem, Geraldine Ferraro, and Cyndi Lauper at Ms. Magazine's Women of the Year Awards, February 1985.
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Former U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton talks with longtime friend Geraldine Ferraro before commencement exercises for Marymount Manhattan College in Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center May 20, 2005 in New York City. Clinton gave the commencement address.
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Politician Geraldine Ferraro with her husband John Zaccaro and their daughters in January 1985.