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Albert R. Hunt

Geraldine Ferraro's Loss Was Women's Gain

Although they still are underrepresented, political women have gone from anomalies to mainstream.
A new documentary traces Geraldine Ferraro's legacy for women in politics. Photographer: Bill Turnbull/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images
A new documentary traces Geraldine Ferraro's legacy for women in politics. Photographer: Bill Turnbull/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images

On Friday, the Showtime cable-television channel will air "Geraldine Ferraro: Paving the Way," a documentary about her 1984 race for vice president. Although she was defeated, it was a seminal moment in politics that was validated by the subsequent extraordinary leap in the number of female officeholders.

In three decades, political women have gone from anomalies to mainstream, though they still are underrepresented. The odds are the Democrats will nominate a woman for president in two years, and there's an even chance the Republican candidate will tap a female running mate.