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Geraldine Ferraro, First Woman To Run On Major Party Presidential Ticket, Dies At 75

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Geraldine Ferraro, the Democratic congresswoman who, as Walter Mondale's VP pick in 1984, was the first woman to run on a major party presidential ticket, died on Saturday in Boston, reports Reuters, of a blood cancer after a 12-year illness. She was 75.

"Ferraro was a telegenic, articulate and fiery three-term New York congresswoman when Mondale picked her from the male-dominated U.S. House of Representatives. Ferraro's presence on the Democratic ticket generated excitement on the campaign trail, particularly among females of all ages. Yet on Election Day, Republican President Ronald Reagan and Vice President George Bush defeated Mondale and Ferraro in a landslide, carrying every state except Mondale's home state of Minnesota.

In delivering her concession speech that night, Ferraro urged Americans to support the re-elected president, and then saluted Mondale for helping women reach new political heights."

"For two centuries, candidates have run for president. Not one from a major party ever asked a woman to be his running mate -- until Walter Mondale," said Ferraro, reports Reuters.