MAKING HISTORY: Sandra Day O'Connor Becomes First Female U.S. Supreme Court Justice
In honor of Women's History Month, we are celebrating with 31 days of women's history! Every day in March, we will highlight an historic moment, as told through the personal stories of our MAKERS.
Yesterday we celebrated Sandra Day O'Connor's birthday, and today we celebrate her becoming the first female justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Initially undecided when President Reagan requested to appoint her to the highest court, O'Connor accepted and opened the door for the future of women policy leaders.
When she graduated from the top of her Stanford Law class, O'Connor couldn't even get hired because she was a woman. But that didn't stop her. In her own words: "I was licensed to practice law. I wanted to practice law. I wanted to have a career."
She started her own neighborhood practice in Arizona and eventually embarked on a distinguished prosecutorial career that led her to the Arizona Court of Appeals and, in 1981, the Supreme Court. Since her tenure on the court, three other women have followed her trailblazing lead to the Supreme Court.
O'Connor has not only fulfilled her dream to build a career in law, but also widened the horizons for women who would come after her.