Geraldine A. Ferraro ran with Walter Mondale as the Democratic nominee for vice president, becoming a symbol for women's equality. The candidacy of the former housewife, prosecutor and congresswoman was an attempt to turn the 'gender gap' of the 1980s to the Democrats' advantage.
March 26, 2011, By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times

Initially told that she had three to five years to live, she survived for more than 12 years, long enough to witness the historic candidacies of two other women in 2008: Hillary Rodham Clinton, the former first lady and current secretary of State who ran against Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination, and Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor who was Republican Sen. John McCain's running mate.

Ferraro was "a pioneer in our country for justice and a more open society," former Vice President Walter Mondale told the Associated Press of his former running mate. "She broke a lot of molds, and it's a better country for what she did."

Palin also praised Ferraro, writing in a Facebook message that she "broke one huge barrier and then went on to break many more."

Ferraro's 1984 candidacy was seen as a potentially powerful weapon to turn the emerging "gender gap" of the 1980s to the advantage of the Democratic Party, which sought to regain the White House after Ronald Reagan's first term.