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In 1984, Geraldine Ferraro was picked to run as Vice President with Democratic Presidential Nominee Walter Mondale, making Ferraro the first woman nominated by a major political party as its candidate for Vice President of the United States. In her acceptance speech, she spoke of the realization of the American dream: “Tonight, the daughter of an immigrant from Italy has been chosen to run for Vice President in the new land my father came to love…” Although the ticket ultimately lost, Ferraro’s candidacy forever reshaped the American political and social landscape.
Corrine Halperin Egan has contributed to the Jefferson Educational Society since April of 2009. Presently, she runs a Great Books discussion group each semester for the Jefferson and delivers four lectures a year on Remarkable American Women.
Corrine was semi-retired, working as a management consultant and coordinator for the Global Issues Forum at Mercyhurst, when Dr. William P. Garvey approached her and asked her to come to work at the Jefferson. Prior to her ‘retirement’, she served as Executive Director of the NWPA Area Labor Management Council. Other positions have included Community Education Coordinator at Mercyhurst, Director of the Erie Branch of the American Cancer Society, Executive Director of the YWCA. She was a founder and Executive Director of COVE, Council on Volunteers for Erie County.
Corrine is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Mercyhurst and also attended University of Michigan. She has served on the Pennsylvania Commission for Women and was President of Temple Anshe Hesed, Erie County Council on Drug and Alcohol Abuse and the Women’s Roundtable. Her awards include the Women’s Roundtable’s coveted Woman of the Year award and Outstanding Alumna of Mercyhurst. She was honored as one of the Mercy Center for Women’s Dynamic Women as well as a Pennsylvania‘s Most Influential Woman.
“The Jefferson allows me to use my creativity and background to add to my own knowledge, as well as that of the community,” she noted. “What better way to spend my time and energy.”