Ferraro: My Story

by Geraldine A. Ferraro, Linda Bird Francke (With), Marie C. Wilson

Published: November 2004
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Pages: 340
Paperback
ISBN: 9780810122116

       

Overview of Ferraro: My Story

In this memoir, Geraldine A. Ferraro reflects on her experience as the first and only woman nominated by a major party to run on the presidential ticket. This book reveals the process that led to her nomination as the 1984 Democratic Vice-Presidential candidate and gives a revealing behind-the-scenes look at campaign politics, especially the ruthless criticism directed at her and her family. Ferraro brings to life the dynamics of the women in Congress and how the different life experiences that they bring to the table affect the policy making process. She also gives a real understanding of the pioneering women, including Bella Abzug, Gloria Steinem, Millie Jeffrey and many others who worked together to make sure that a women was on the Democratic ticket in 1984.

Ferraro's run for vice-president was an important moment in American history. The time is right for telling a new generation this story of women's collective political power and the difference women office holders can and do make to public policy.

Synopsis of Ferraro: My Story

An inside look at a prominent woman's campaign for the vice-presidency.

Library Journal

``There is no way any presidential candidate is going to choose a woman as a running mate . . .,'' said Geraldine Ferraro at the July 1983 meeting of the National Women's Political Caucus. One year later Walter Mondale chose her. This account of the 1984 campaign is candid and direct. Ferraro effectively conveys her dedication to the principles of the Democratic party, her great respect for Fritz Mondale, and the sense of pride with which she carried the high honor bestowed upon her. The Reagan/Bush ticket triumphed by an 18-point margin, but Ferraro's candidacy was also a triumph. Ferraro's concession speech says it best: ``the days of discrimination are numbered. American women will never be second-class citizens again.'' For most libraries. Kathleen Hoeth, NYPL

About the Author, Geraldine A. Ferraro

Geraldine A. Ferraro is a lawyer who began her political career in 1978. Currently she is executive vice president of The Global Consulting Group and a political contributor to Fox News. Ferraro's other books include Geraldine Ferraro, Changing History (Moyer Bell, 1988) and Framing a Life: A Family Memoir (Schribner, 1998).

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Library Journal

``There is no way any presidential candidate is going to choose a woman as a running mate . . .,'' said Geraldine Ferraro at the July 1983 meeting of the National Women's Political Caucus. One year later Walter Mondale chose her. This account of the 1984 campaign is candid and direct. Ferraro effectively conveys her dedication to the principles of the Democratic party, her great respect for Fritz Mondale, and the sense of pride with which she carried the high honor bestowed upon her. The Reagan/Bush ticket triumphed by an 18-point margin, but Ferraro's candidacy was also a triumph. Ferraro's concession speech says it best: ``the days of discrimination are numbered. American women will never be second-class citizens again.'' For most libraries. Kathleen Hoeth, NYPL

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