Geraldine Ferraro: Paving the Way is a feature-length documentary about the life of the trailblazing woman who made history in 1984 as the first female Vice Presidential nominee on a major national party Presidential ticket.
The film profiles Ferraro’s journey 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 primary focus of the film is Ferraro’s public service and political career, from District Attorney in Queens, NY, and later member of Congress, to the emotional night
of her Vice Presidential nomination and the tough campaign that followed. Though the Mondale-Ferraro ticket was ultimately not elected, the film explores how Ferraro’s 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, and commentary by many leading political figures, both Democrat and Republican, as well as journalists who covered her campaign. Among those featured 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