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Sandra Day O'Connor: The First | Digital Short

Sandra Day O’Connor: First Woman on the Supreme Court

Sandra Day O’Connor was the first woman to serve as a Supreme Court justice.

During the 1980 presidential campaign, Ronald Reagan promised to nominate the first woman to the U.S. Supreme Court. He made good on that promise in 1981, when he announced Sandra Day O’Connor’s nomination.


O’Connor’s confirmation Hearings were the first to be broadcast live on television, and she was confirmed 99-0.

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