Geraldine Ferraro is considered one of the most influential women in Queens political history. She is best known for becoming the first female vice presidential candidate in 1984.
She left her job as a public school teacher to become a lawyer. Later she worked at the Queens District Attorney’s office.
After being named as an assistant district attorney in Queens in 1974, Ferraro went on to win an election for a seat in Congress in 1978. She represented a district that stretched from Astoria to Ozone Park, and quickly rose to power within the Democratic Party in the early 1980s.
Capping off her service in Congress, Ferraro was selected as a running mate for Walter Mondale’s 1984 bid for president, making her the first woman to run on a major party’s national ticket in the United States, and the only woman until Sarah Palin in 2008.
After she passed away in 2011, the corner of Ascan Avenue and Austin Street in Forest Hills, not far from where she lived while in Congress, was co-named in her honor.