President Barack Obama calls Geraldine Ferraro a political trailblazer who broke down barriers for women and Americans of all backgrounds.
Obama says his daughters _ Sasha and Malia _ will grow up in a more equal country because of Ferraro's career and her ideals.
Ferraro was the first female vice presidential nominee on a major ticket when she was Democrat Walter Mondale's running mate in 1984. He lost to Ronald Reagan.
Ferraro, a three-term congresswoman from New York City, died Saturday in Boston, where she was being treated for blood cancer. She was 75.
Obama says Ferraro "fought to uphold American's founding ideals of equality, justice and opportunity for all."