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7 Items That Were Probably On Sandra Day O'Connor's To-Do List

On this day in 1981, Sandra Day O'Connor became the first woman appointed to the Supreme Court. What followed was a 25 year career of swing votes and dissent that paved the way for other women justices: O'Connor was joined by Ruth Bader Ginsburg in 1993. In 2009, President Obama recognized O'Connor's service by awarding her the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States. 

Such a groundbreaking career could not have happened without a bit of direction, so we imagined Sandra Day O'Connor's life to-do list. If she had actually written these things down, she could put a check mark next to every one. Her real-life goal is to, "Work at work worth doing"; we can add that to the list of achieved to-dos. 

Click through to read about O'Connor's achievements, coupled with photos from her historical appointment and career in Court.