Sandra Day O'Connor

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Sandra Day O’Connor is famously known as the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court. She was nominated for the position by former president Ronald Regan in 1981. O’Connor was unanimously approved by the Senate and since then she has been a role model for many women across the country. In her many years of service in the Supreme Court Sandra Day O’Connor was the swing vote in many important cases such as Roe v. Wade and Bush v. Gore. Born on March 26, 1930, in El Paso, Texas, Sandra Day O’Connor spent her childhood living on her family’s Arizona ranch. She completed the first step of pursuing a career in law when she graduated from Stanford University in 1950 with a degree in economics and receiving a degree in law in 1952. In the 1960s O’Connor worked as the assistant attorney general in Arizona. Though, in the years when she first began her career it was difficult to find work because few wanted legal help from a woman. O’Connor won the election for senator in Arizona twice in a row and then ran for the position of judge in the Maricopa County Superior Court in 1974. Despite her moderately conservative and Christian beliefs, O’Connor still considered her cases carefully, because of this she was considered unpredictable and some conservative politicians opposed her appointment. In 1973 the court case Roe v. Wade was brought to the Supreme Court. It dealt with the topic of abortion. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of Roe and deemed the choice of aborting a child is a fundamental right that a woman should have. Republicans later wanted to reverse the decision on abortion rights because they opposed it. When the case was brought up again O’Connor voted in favor of the right to choose rather than submitting to the conservative views of her political party. After 24 years of serve in the Supreme Court, Sandra Day O’Connor retired in 2006. She retired because she
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