Women's History Salons

What Women Can Do for America—Geraldine Ferraro and the 1984 Presidential Campaign

  • Thursday, February 20, 2020
  • Thu, February 20th, 6:30 PM | Skylight Gallery | $15 ($12 Members, $8 Women’s History Council Members)

Join us at the Center for Women's History for thrilling programs and intimate conversations with scholars, journalists, artists, activists, businesswomen, and more amazing leaders of today. Guided by its expert committee of scholars, the Center has a full calendar of public events and salons to explore.


In 1984, Rep. Geraldine Ferraro from New York became the first woman nominated for national office by a major political party, when the Democratic nominee, Walter Mondale, selected her as his running mate. At the time, Ferraro was one of twenty-four women serving in Congress. Today, there are 130 women. In connection with the Center for Women’s History’s special installation What Women Can Do For America—Geraldine Ferraro and the 1984 Presidential Campaign, join Center director Valerie Paley in conversation with Ferraro’s daughter, filmmaker Donna Zaccaro, to celebrate Presidents' Day and explore Ferraro’s watershed candidacy and the unique challenges of being a woman running for higher office.

Refreshments will be served.


Skylight Gallery at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024


By phone: Contact New-York Historical’s in-house call center at (212) 485-9268. Call center is open 9 am–5 pm daily.
Online: Click on the orange “Buy Tickets” button at the top of this page.
In person: Advance tickets may be purchased on site at New-York Historical’s Admissions desk during museum hours.

Advance purchase is required to guarantee particpation. Program tickets do not include Museum Admission unless otherwise noted.

Credit: Rocco Galatioto, Geraldine Ferraro, 1982. Fordham University Archives  

Lead support for the Center for Women's History programs provided by
Joyce B. Cowin, Diane and Adam E. Max, Jean Margo Reid, 
and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.