Letting Ferraro Be Ferraro

The candidate's tricky balancing act seems to come naturally

For the first giddy days it almost did not matter who the Democrats' vice-presidential candidate was, just so long as she was a woman. The trail blazing was what counted most, not the trail blazer. Now, however, as the celebration dies down, Geraldine Ferraro is the subject, her every move and remark examined, reviewed, second-guessed. Along with the political etiquette any candidate is obliged to observe, Ferraro must maneuver past the catch-22 that confronts professional women: she cannot afford to seem strident or severe, nor...

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