Profession: 1st Woman Supreme Court Justice
Why Famous: In 1981 Sandra Day O'Connor became the first woman to be nominated and confirmed to the US Supreme Court. She was nominated by President Ronald Reagan, who had made a campaign pledge to elect the first woman to the court.
Although O'Connor was a Republican who had already served as a judge and elected official in Arizona, her nomination was opposed by the more conservative parts of the party. They believed she was not strong enough on anti-abortion and wouldn't overturn Roe Vs Wade.
O'Connor served on the Supreme Court from 1981 to 2006 under chief justices Warren E. Burger, William Rehnquist and briefly under John Roberts before retiring. She voted mostly along conservative lines though on a case-by-case basis, which put her more towards the center of the court.
- 1981-07-07 Sandra Day O'Connor nominated for the Supreme Court, 1st female Supreme Court justice
- 1981-09-15 US Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approves Sandra Day O'Connor for the US Supreme Court
- 1981-09-22 Sandra Day O'Connor appointed to US Supreme Court
- 1981-09-25 Sandra Day O'Connor sworn in as the 1st female US Supreme Court Justice
- 1988-10-22 Supreme Ct Justice Sandra Day O'Connor OK after breast cancer surgery
- 2006-01-31 US Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor retires and is replaced by Samuel Alito