Tonight, eyes will be glued to TV sets across the nation for the
political showdown between Senator Biden and Governor Palin. Though
historic in its own right, the debate will not be a political first: in
1984, Geraldine Ferraro became the first woman candidate to hold her
own in a vice presidential debate against then-VP George Bush. In a
very personal blog on the Huffington Post, White House Project
President Marie Wilson recounts her experience, as a first-term
Councilmember-at-Large in Des Moines, watching the Ferraro-Bush debate.
E-MAIL from The White House Project
October 2, 2008
Showdown in St. Louis:
Gender vs. Agenda
24 years later, as we observe another woman vying for the vice
presidency, we would like to hear what you think. After tonight's
debate, we encourage you to visit our Change Everything Blog and share
your thoughts with us.
As Marie writes, "I do know that gender issues are alive and well, and
that it is up to the press and to us -- as voters and media consumers
-- to give thoughtful and diligent attention to the ways in which
gender is influencing our discussions and opinions. When we tune into
the debate…let's pay attention to the agendas at play, not the genders
which deliver them."