Hearing the sad news today of the passing of Geraldine Ferraro, I was reminded of that July in 1984 when Presidential candidate Walter Mondale smashed the glass ceiling and selected the first woman as his vice-Presidential running mate. It was talked about well before and mulled over and the choice was met with a wave of "well, it's about time". Or as she put it:
Geraldine Ferraro: “Thank you vice-President Mondale. Vice-President – it has such a nice ring to it.”
So in memory of her passing and of a pivotal moment in American history, here is Geraldine Ferraro's acceptance speech from July 15, 1984. Rest in Peace.