Twitter Chat: Women in Politics

BY Nora Daly  July 17, 2014 at 7:06 PM EST
US. presidential candidate Walter Mondale and vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro campaigning in 1984. Ferraro was the first woman to be placed on a major party's national ticket. Photo via the Library of Congress

US. presidential candidate Walter Mondale and vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro campaigning in 1984. Ferraro was the first woman to be placed on a major party’s national ticket. Photo via the Library of Congress

Thirty years ago this week, Geraldine Ferraro was chosen by Walter Mondale as his running mate on the 1984 Democratic ticket, making history as the first woman to become a major party’s national nominee for office.

According to Rutger’s Center for American Women and Politics, women account for only 18.5 percent of seats in Congress. A women has yet to serve as vice president, let alone occupy the nation’s highest office. Where do women stand in politics today? What was the impact of Ferraro’s nomination, and what is its legacy? How do factors such as media coverage affect women’s bids for office, and the work they do once elected?

@NewsHour invited you to participate in a Twitter chat on the subject of women in politics. We were joined by Ms. Ferraro’s daughter, Donna Zaccaro (@DZaccaro1), the filmmaker behind ‘Geraldine Ferraro: Paving the Way.’ Read the full conversation below.

Editor’s note: This post originally reported that women accounted for 13.4% of Congressional seats in 1984. Women accounted for 13.4% of seats in state legislatures in that year.