If you were a woman of voting age in 1984, it was an election season to remember: Geraldine Ferraro was nominated as Vice President by the Democratic Party. Walter Mondale headed the ticket.
It was a glorious moment for women, made even more memorable when Ferrraro came to Madison and spoke to a huge crowd outside the Capitol. A co-worker and I went downtown on our lunch hour, along with my friend's daughter and infant granddaughter. We knew it was a historic occasion that might not come again in our lifetime. I remember we both cried, we were so moved by the moment.
In the 30 years since that day there have been a lot of positive changes in the political landscape for women; but there is plenty of room for improvement. Ferraro — who has died at age 75 — will always be a touchstone and an inspiration.