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Geraldine Ferraro: V.P. candidate inspired a generation of women

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She went on to become Assistant District Attorney for Queens County, New York, specializing in child abuse and domestic violence.

A House seat in Archie Bunker's district

She first ran for Congress in 1978, in the Queens district where the popular TV show “All in the Family” and its antihero Archie Bunker was set. She labeled herself “a small ‘c’ conservative,” running with the slogan "Finally, A Tough Democrat.” She won reelection handily in 1980 and 1982.

In later years, Ferraro lost two bids for the US Senate nomination. She also served on the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, and she worked as a television political commentator and co-host of CNN’s “Crossfire.” She worked for Hillary Clinton in the 2008 presidential election.

As news of Ferraro’s passing spread, those who knew her – Republicans and Democrats alike – remembered the qualities and achievements that made her unique.

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