Surprised and very sorry to learn of her passing. I was not aware she had been ill. While I did not agree with many of her positions, I always admired her as someone with a backbone and willingness to discuss things directly and not parse words.

Ferraro "was widely known as a leader, a fighter for justice, and a tireless advocate for those without a voice," her family said. "To us, she was a wife, mother, grandmother and aunt, a woman devoted to and deeply loved by her family. Her courage and generosity of spirit throughout her life waging battles big and small, public and personal, will never be forgotten and will be sorely missed."