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Geraldine Ferraro: Paving the Way

A Film By Donna Zaccaro

86 Minutes

Scene Selection • Closed Captioned

Grades 6-Adult
Item #:GER-1066

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Geraldine Ferraro: Paving the Way is a feature-length documentary about the life and legacy of the trailblazing woman who made history in 1984 as the first female Vice Presidential nominee on a major party ticket in the United States.

The film profiles Ferraro’s life from an impoverished childhood, the struggles she endured while growing up, and the hurdles she faced and overcame both professionally and personally in order to achieve what no woman had done before.

A highlight of the film is the emotional night of her Vice Presidential nomination and acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention. A tough campaign followed, including debates with then Vice-President George H.W. Bush.

While the Mondale-Ferraro ticket was defeated, the film explores how Ferraro’s landmark nomination and her conduct during that campaign changed the national perception of what was possible for women.

The film features never-before-seen archival footage and stills, intimate interviews with Ferraro, journalists who covered the campaign, and commentary by many leading political figures, both Democrat and Republican, including Hillary Clinton and former President George H.W. Bush, who later developed a warm friendship with Ferraro.

With insider access, former NBC Today producer Donna Zaccaro, created a revealing personal portrait of her mother, a woman who changed the face of American politics forever and layed the groundwork for women to play an equal role in the political world at all levels.

Among those interviewed and featured in the film are:
  • President and Mrs. George H. W. Bush
  • Vice President Walter Mondale
  • President Bill Clinton
  • Secretary Madeleine Albright
  • Secretary Hillary Clinton
  • Senator Barbara Mikulski
  • Senator Olympia Snowe
  • Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi
  • Cokie Roberts, reporter, NPR and ABC
  • Al Hunt, former reporter, Wall Street Journal
  • Ed Rollins, Republican campaign consultant
  • Eleanor Smeal, President, Feminist Majority Foundation
Geraldine Ferraro: Paving the Way