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Saturday, March 26, 2011

RIP, Geraldine Ferraro

by folkbum

We would be remiss here at the blog if we did not note the passing of icon Ferraro. While there is a lot to be said for the grumpiness of critics like John Cole, Ferraro was an honest-by-gum trailblazer in a time, according to what I can glean from the front page of, before color photography was invented. She inspired many women I know personally to go forward into public life or to take on challenges in male-dominated fields. So good for her.

I have lamented before in these pages the paucity of women in American political life. That no woman has, in this country's 220-odd years of democratic republicanism reached a higher position than Speaker of the House or Secretary of State is a damned shame. That this state, which, recent events notwithstanding, is a leader in progressive politics, has never elected a woman to meaningful state-wide office (Dawn Marie Sass joke here) is also a damned shame.

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