...in which, your intrepid, if Canadian, political analyst, compares and contrasts the bios of the only two female vice-presidential candidates to represent major political parties in the United States.
Geraldine Ferraro (GF):
Born in 1935, attended Marymount Academy on full scholarship and graduated at 16, having skipped two grades. Honor society member, active in clubs and sports, voted most likely to succeed.
Sarah Palin (SP):
Born in 1964, attended Wasilla High School in Wasilla, Alaska. Headed Fellowship of Christian Athletes, was point guard and captain of basketball team, helped team win Alaska small-school basketball championship in 1982, hitting critical free throw despite ankle stress fracture. Would sometimes go moose-hunting with father before school.
Attended Marymount Manhattan College with scholarship, sometimes holding down two or three jobs. Served as editor of school newspaper. Also attended education classes at Hunter College. Received BA in 1956.
Attended Hawaii Pacific College, North Idaho College, University of Idaho, and Matanuska-Susitna College, before returning to University of Idaho where she received BSC in communications-journalism in 1987.
Taught English in New York City public school system while attending Fordham University Law School at night. Received law degree in 1960.
Worked as a sports reporter for KTUU-TV in Anchorage Alaska while helping in husband's commercial fishing business.
Practiced law and worked in husband's real estate office from 1961 to 1974. Appointed Assistant District Attorney for Queen's County in 1974. Created Special Victims Bureau and Confidential Unit while in this post. As chief of these units, specialized in cases involving sex crimes, crimes against elderly, family violence, and child abuse.
Biography does not actually say what she did between 1988 and 1995.
Elected to Congress in 1978, representing New York's 9th Congressional District. Re-elected in 1980 and 1982. Focused much of her efforts on equal wages, pensions, and pension plans for women.
Elected Mayor of Wasilla Alaska in 1996 and served two terms. Tried to fire town librarian. Built multifunctional arena. Appointed to Alaska Oil and Gas Commission in 2003. Resigned in 2004. From 2003 to June 2005, served as one of three directors of Ted Stevens Excellence in Public Service, Inc. In 2006, elected first female governor of Alaska.
In 1984, was chosen by Democratic presidential nominee Walter F. Mondale as his running mate.
In 2008, was chosen by Republican presidential nominee John McCain as his running mate.
Quote: "... no matter how concerned I am about spending, I have seen first hand what poverty can do to people's lives and I just can't, in good conscience, not do something about it."
Quote: "I am pro-life and I believe that marriage should only be between a man and a woman."
Shall I say it again?
We sure have come a long way, baby.
(Above: The Virginia Slims lady - not only has she come a long way, she did it in that skirt.)
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