Sandra Day O’Connor (1930 – )

She graduated from Austin High School in El Paso, Texas at the age of 16 in 1946, and graduated from Stanford at the age of 20 with a B.A. in economics in 1950, she then attended Stanford Law School. She was the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court.

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O’Connor served in all three branches of government in the state of Arizona:  as Assistant Attorney General from 1965-69, as State Senator from 1969-75, and as Municipal and Appeals judge from 1975-81.

In 1981, she was nominated by President Ronald Reagan to the United States Supreme Court and was confirmed by the Senate in a vote of 99 in favor, 0 opposed.  Justice O’Connor served as the first and only woman on the Supreme Court until Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined her in 1993.

Upon her retirement in 2006, the Arizona State University law school was renamed the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.

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