Geraldine Ferraro, the first woman ever nominated for national office by a major party, passed away on Saturday at age 75.
In 1984, the Democratic presidential candidate Walter Mondale selected Ferraro to be his running mate. While they didn’t win the election, Ferraro energized American women who for the first time — 64 years after women won the right to vote — could picture a female in the second highest office in America. This was a major victory, and Ferraro was an inspiration to countless women across the country. But it would be another 24 years before another woman from a major party was nominated for vice president — and yes, that person is Sarah Palin (yikes). Hillary Rodham Clinton also came close to being the Democratic presidential nominee the same year.
“If we can do this, we can do anything,” Ferraro said. If only.
A woman has yet to occupy the Oval Office, and here in New York City, a woman has never served as Mayor (although current City Council Speaker Christine Quinn may be eying Gracie Mansion), or as governor of New York State.
Ester Fuchs, a political science professor at Columbia University, told NY1 she thinks political parties are part of the problem. “We have strong party politics in the state, and that kind of party politics has been a boys club. And it’s been harder for women to break through,” Fuchs said.
MYD is trying to break up the boys club and encourage more young women, and especially women of color, to run for office — starting at the local level. On April 14th, MYD will hold an event to get more women to run for Manhattan County Committee. It will be a great opportunity for everyone to learn more about County Committee, the simple ways you can serve your community and give women a greater presence in politics. Join us, and let’s make Ferraro’s legacy proud!
Go Run! County Committee!
Thursday, April 14th, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
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