Sandra Day O’Connor Biography
An honorable and respected Associate Justice of ‘United States Supreme Court’, Sandra Day O’Connor started her working as an Associated Justice in the year 1981 after being appointed by the American politician, Ronald Wilson Reagan. She got retired in the year 2006. Sandra became a first woman to be appointed to Court. She was born on 26th March, 1930 in El Paso, Texas, U.S. Sandra completed her high school education from attending ‘Austin High School’. Later she joined the ‘Stanford University’ from where she obtained her graduation degree majoring in economics. Even after the completion of graduation, she continued to study at Stanford University. She studied the Law at Stanford Law School for obtaining LL.B.
In the year 1965, she started working as an Assistant Attorney General of Arizona in Arizona State Senate. Sandra became first woman to work as Majority Leader after being re-elected to State Senate in 1973. In 1981, she was appointed to Supreme Court as an Associate Justice. Soon after the appointment she became first woman to Court. Sandra also became swing vote on the Supreme Court. She has major deciding votes in the various cases like ‘McConnell v. FEC’, ‘Grutter v. Bollinger, Lockyer v. Andrade’, ‘Zelman v. Simmons-Harris’, ‘Boy Scouts of America v. Dale’, ‘United States v. Lopez’, ‘Bush v. Gore’, ‘Webster v. Reproductive Health Services’ and ‘Lawrence v. Texas’. Sandra has also voted against the minority cases like ‘Missouri v. Jenkins’, ‘McCleskey v. Kemp’ and ‘Shaw v. Reno’. She also came into the news after she criticized the decisions in 1983’s case of City of Akron v. Akron’. Sandra was described as of lacking judicial philosophy by The Washington Post columnist ‘Charles Krauthammer’.
After working for two decades as an associate Justice she got retired on 31st January, 2006. Her last court opinion came in the case of ‘Ayotte v. Planned Parenthood of New England’. After being retired, she appeared as co-host and spoke person at a conference held at ‘Georgetown University Law Center’. In the year 2008, along with former president of Indonesia, Abdurrahman she wrote an editorial in the ‘Financial Times’. She has also written a book titled ‘The Majesty of the Law: Reflections of a Supreme Court Justice’. In the year 2005, she published a children’s book titled ‘Chico’. Her recent book titled ‘Out of Order: Stories from the History of the Supreme Court’ was released in 2013. Sandra has also made appearance in the television show called ‘Jeopardy!’. In the show, she has provided couple of video answers related to the category of ‘Supreme Court’.
With due respect to her immense contribution, she has been honored with many awards like ‘Elizabeth Blackwell Award’, ‘Harry F. Byrd Jr. 35 Public Service Award’ and ‘Franklin Award’. She was recently inducted into the ‘San Mateo County Women’s Hall of Fame’ on 21st March, 2014.
Significance to her personal life biography, this respected personality is a married woman. She got married to an American lawyer, John Jay O’ Connor on 20th December, 1952. From being in a marital relation with John, she has been blessed with three sons named ‘Scott’, ‘Brian’ and ‘Jay’. She shared blissful moment with her husband for fifty years until her husband died in 2009. John was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease from long time. After his death, Sandra became actively involved in the awareness of the disease. Sandra has achieved huge fame and recognition as an associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
It’s her hard work and true dedication toward her work which has gained her lot of recognition as Associate Justice. More information about her can be gathered from the wiki and other various internet sites.