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Sandra Day O' Connor

Facts, information and articles about Sandra Day O' Connor, First Woman Supreme Court Justice and famous woman In history

Sandra Day O'Connor
Sandra Day O'Connor

Sandra Day O' Connor Facts




John J. O'Connor


Associate Justice Supreme Court of The United States

In Office

September 21, 1981 – January 31, 2006


First woman appointed to Supreme Court

Sandra Day O' Connor summary: Sandra Day O'Connor was born on March 26, 1930, in El Paso, Texas. Her parents were Harry A. Day and Ada Mae Day (maiden name Wilkey). She grew up in Duncan, Arizona on a cattle ranch.

She studied economics at Stanford University and in 1950, Sandra Day received her B.A. She continued her education at the Stanford Law School, graduating with her LL.B. Sandra dated the valedictorian of her class, William Rehnquist, for a brief time while they were both in law school. Later, both served on the Stanford Law Review, Rehnquist as editor in chief.

December 20, 1952, Sandra Day married John J. O'Connor, III. They had three children, Scott, Brian and Jay. Her husband died in 2009, after almost two decades of struggling with Alzheimer's Disease.

When she graduated from law school, she applied for jobs at about forty law firms, none of which would hire her purely on their gender bias. She finally offered to work without pay. It was then that San Mateo County offered a job as the deputy county attorney of San Mateo, California. She had no office but shared a common area with the county secretary.

From 1965 to 1969, Sandra Day O'Connor was the Assistant Attorney General in the state of Arizona by filling a vacancy. She was elected to the State Senate in 1973 and became the first Majority Leader of the senate, its first woman to hold that title.

In 1981, President Ronald Reagan nominated her for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. She was the deciding vote in a number of prominent cases before the Supreme Court. At present, she is giving her service as a Board of Trustee member to the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.


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