His selection of U.S. Rep. Geraldine Ferraro as his running mate made him the first major-party presidential nominee to put a woman on the ticket.
In 1984, Walter Mondale's aides told him it would send wrong message for him and Geraldine Ferraro--first major party ticket including a woman--to publicly hold hands in the air, so they avoided doing so:
I mourn the loss of Vice president Walter "Fritz" Mondale@TheDemocrats candidate 1984, my first national campaign in the US. His choice of Geraldine Ferraro as his running mate against the @GOP Reagan/Bush ticket made history. Decent man, passionate fighter for justice RIP Fritz
Mondale was the first U.S. presidential candidate for a major party to choose a woman, Geraldine Ferraro, as his running mate, but the pair lost the 1984 race to Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.
"I witnessed the first woman who was selected to be vice president, Geraldine Ferraro," Rep. Waters says. "At that time, we couldn't even envision an African American woman being chosen ... Here we are today with this historic moment where Kamala Harris has been chosen."