Saturday, March 26, 2011

Gov. Palin on Fox News: Ferraro a Pioneer, Paved Way for Women

"The open doors [Geraldine Ferraro] has provided all women [is] pretty profound and outstanding. [I am] so proud to have known her," Gov. Palin said in a telephone interview with Fox News today following the death of Geraldine Ferraro to blood cancer. Governor Palin and Ferraro were together on Election night discussing the direction the country should go in. Though they disagreed on politics, they "agreed on the rights that women have and that everyone here is to be treated equally, and you progress and accomplish based on your own merits," Gov. Palin said. Geraldine Ferraro was a pioneer, accepting the Democratic Vice Presidential nomination in 1984. "I can't say enough good things about what it is she accomplished." Ferraro had class, wisdom, and grace, Gov. Palin said.

Despite having cancer, Ferraro continued her work opening doors of opportunity for women. She refused to be a victim. And she advocated for cancer victims. "She wasn't self-focused. She was always trying to help others and trying to make the world a better place," Gov. Palin said.

"Across the political spectrum, all of us have the utmost respect for Geraldine Ferraro. She understood what she had to bust through to get to where she was....she was under great scrutiny...and was attacked as she rose. She handled it all with grace and dignity," Gov. Palin said.

When asked if Gov. Palin considered Ferraro a role model for young women to follow, she said, "absolutely." Gov. Palin had called her daughter Bristol to discuss Ferraro. Ferraro believed in work ethic and Gov. Palin noted that Ferraro was Providentially born on Women's Equality Day.

"Does it make you even more committed in your desire personally to serve the public good when you look at her life on a day like today that is sad, at the same time you say inspiring," the Fox News reporter asked Gov. Palin. "It does, because it is inspiring and it all about the pioneering spirit that built America - taking bold steps to accomplish great things despite the hardships that you know you're going to be anticipating - they're out there....every step of Geraldine's life she faced hardship, yet she plowed through and she was able to pave a way for others. She went before. She prepared the way," Gov. Palin said.

Sarah Palin Talks About Geraldine Ferraro retrieved from Fox News

H/T Whitney Pitcher, Conservatives4Palin for story lead

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