US first female VP candidate dies at 75

US first female Vice Prez candidate Geraldine Ferraro was battling cancer.

Last Updated: Mar 27, 2011, 23:58 PM IST

Washington: America`s first female vice
presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro died at the age 75
after a long battle with cancer.

Ferraro was made the Democratic vice presidential
candidate when Democrat Walter Mondale picked her as
his running mate in the 1984 presidential race, in which
Republican president Ronald Reagan, running for re-election,
won.

The former US congresswoman was widely known as a leader,
a fighter for justice, and a tireless advocate for those
without a voice.

She was elected to Congress in 1978 representing a
traditionally conservative New York state district.

In 1992 and 1998 Ferraro tried and failed to win a seat
in the US Senate.

Ferraro also served as ambassador to the United Nations
Human Rights Commission from 1994 to 1995.

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