WASHINGTON---Geraldine Ferraro, the first female vice presidential candidate from a major party, died Saturday at the age of 75. She died during Women's History Month---and next Thursday was to have been honored--along with Sen. Barbara Milkulsi--by House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi at a reception in the Library of Congress.
Pelosi Statement on the Passing of Geraldine Ferraro
"Geraldine Ferraro will be deeply missed. She not only made history when she was nominated for Vice President, she inspired women across the country to reach their own greatness as they strengthened our country. Her service in the House is a source of pride to all of us in Congress.
"In 1984, her nomination was greeted with thunderous applause in the Moscone Center in San Francisco. The drumbeat that Geraldine Ferraro began that day in July will continue for a long time to come.
"As a woman and Italian American, my family and I loved her dearly and will miss her personally.
"My thoughts and prayers are with her husband John and the entire Ferraro family during this difficult time."
Statement by President Obama on the Passing of Geraldine Ferraro
"Michelle and I were saddened to learn about the passing of Geraldine Ferraro. Geraldine will forever be remembered as a trailblazer who broke down barriers for women, and Americans of all backgrounds and walks of life. Whether it was as a public school teacher, assistant district attorney, Member of Congress, or candidate for Vice President, Geraldine fought to uphold America's founding ideals of equality, justice, and opportunity for all. And as our Ambassador to the UN Human Rights Commission, she stood up for those ideals around the world. Sasha and Malia will grow up in a more equal America because of the life Geraldine Ferraro chose to live. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her husband, John Zaccaro, her children and grandchildren, and their entire family."
Statement by President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on the Passing of Geraldine Ferraro
"Gerry Ferraro was one of a kind -- tough, brilliant, and never afraid to speak her mind or stand up for what she believed in -- a New York icon and a true American original. She was a champion for women and children and for the idea that there should be no limits on what every American can achieve. The daughter of an Italian immigrant family, she rose to become the first woman ever nominated to the national ticket by a major political party. She paved the way for a generation of female leaders and put the first cracks in America's political glass ceiling. She believed passionately that politics and public service was about making a difference for the people she represented as a congresswoman and Ambassador.
For us, Gerry was above all a friend and companion. From the rough-and-tumble of political campaigns to the important work of international diplomacy, we were honored to have her by our side. She was a tireless voice for human rights and helped lead the American delegation to the landmark Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995. Through it all, she was a loyal friend, trusted confidante, and valued colleague.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Gerry's husband John, her children and grandchildren, and their entire family."
Statement of EMILY's List Founder & Chair Ellen R. Malcolm on Geraldine Ferraro
"Geraldine Ferraro was a huge part of EMILY's List from the beginning - from before the beginning, when our founders helped work to secure her nomination. She shared a house with Barbara Mikulski, the first Democratic woman elected to the Senate in her own right, and Barbara Kennelly, the first woman Chief Majority Whip - what a band of sisters. Geraldine was so tough, and so much fun - and she fought her disease with the same toughness, charm and positive attitude that she showed as a political leader. We'll miss her, and continue to think about her with every new woman who runs."