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Geraldine A. Ferraro

  • ... politics can be an ugly game, and in a national election the stakes get higher while the tactics get lower.

    • Geraldine A. Ferraro,
    • with Linda Bird Francke, Ferraro: My Story ()
  • You had to be tough to be a female member of Congress.

    • Geraldine A. Ferraro,
    • with Linda Bird Francke, Ferraro: My Story ()
  • Vice President ... it has such a nice ring to it.

    • Geraldine A. Ferraro,
    • during 1984 presidential campaign, with Linda Bird Francke, Ferraro: My Story ()
  • Ronald Reagan can't resist an appeal from defense contractors down on their luck. They ask him to spare a dime for a cup of coffee, and he gives them seven thousand dollars for a coffee maker. There wasn't a dry eye in the White House when the forgotten wealthy asked for a handout.

    • Geraldine A. Ferraro,
    • with Linda Bird Francke, Ferraro: My Story ()
  • Government can be moral — and it must be moral — without adopting a religion. Leaders can be moral — and they should be moral — without imposing their morality on others.

    • Geraldine A. Ferraro,
    • with Linda Bird Francke, Ferraro: My Story ()
  • ... one reporter asked me about my father ... But when I asked her what she knew about Ronald Reagan's father, she looked blank.

    • Geraldine A. Ferraro,
    • with Linda Bird Francke, Ferraro: My Story ()
  • The real test of my candidacy will come when the next woman runs for national office. Only then will we know if she, too, is going to be judged by a standard different from that used for her male opponents; if she, too, is going to have to be better in order to be judged equal.

    • Geraldine A. Ferraro,
    • with Linda Bird Francke, Ferraro: My Story ()
  • ... the Republicans love to say that the Democratic Party is ruled by 'special interests.' But when pressed to name these 'special interests,' the usual reply is women, blacks, teachers, and unions. Those are 'special interests' to be proud of — because together they comprise the majority of Americans. What about the 'special interests' that dominate the Republican Party — the oil companies, the banks, the gun lobby, and the apostles of religious intolerance?

    • Geraldine A. Ferraro,
    • with Linda Bird Francke, Ferraro: My Story ()
  • We've chosen the path to equality, don't let them turn us around.

    • Geraldine A. Ferraro,
    • with Linda Bird Francke, Ferraro: My Story ()
  • Some leaders are born women.

    • Geraldine A. Ferraro,
    • "The Future of Women in Politics," speech ()
  • If you don't run, you can't win.

    • Geraldine A. Ferraro,
    • in Wilma Mankiller et al., The Reader's Companion to U.S. Women's History ()
  • It was not so very long ago that people thought that semiconductors were part-time orchestra leaders and microchips were very, very small snack foods.

    • Geraldine A. Ferraro,
    • in Bitch ()

Geraldine A. Ferraro, U.S. politician

(1935 - 2011)

Full name: Geraldine Anne Ferraro.