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

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.

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