By Elaine Woo
Los Angeles Times (MCT)
Geraldine A. Ferraro, the savvy New York Democrat who was embraced as a symbol of women's equality in 1984 when she became the first woman nominated for vice president by a major party, died Saturday at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She was 75.
The cause was complications from multiple myeloma, her family said.
Calling his former running mate "a pioneer in our country for justice and a more open society," former Vice President Walter Mondale told the Associated Press that Ferraro "broke a lot of molds, and it's a better country for what she did."
Sarah Palin, who in 2008 became the second woman to run for vice president on a major-party ticket, also praised Ferraro, writing in a Facebook message that the Democrat "broke one huge barrier and then went on to break many more."