1984 July 19

Geraldine Ferraro Delivers Vice Presidential Acceptance Speech


Geraldine Ferraro, the first woman nominated by a major political party to be its Vice Presidential candidate, delivered her acceptance speech to the 1984 Democratic Party Convention on this day. Ferraro was a Democratic Party representative from Brooklyn in the House of Representatives. In 1993, President Bill Clinton appointed her Ambassador to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights.

Ferraro: “Tonight, the daughter of a woman whose highest goal was a future for her children talks to our nation’s oldest party about a future for us all. Tonight, the daughter of working Americans tells all Americans that the future is within our reach, if we’re willing to reach for it. Tonight, the daughter of an immigrant from Italy has been chosen to run for [Vice] President in the new land my father came to love.”

Read the Speech: http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/gferraroacceptanceaddress.html

Watch the Speech on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpiG9_vzp8w

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