Sandra Day O’Connor: A Lasting Legacy on the Supreme Court

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The legal landscape in the United States lost an iconic figure on Friday. Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court, passed away at the age of 93.

She profoundly impacted American jurisprudence in her role as the first woman to serve in the nation’s highest court.

A spokesperson for the court revealed that her death was due to complications arising from advanced dementia and a respiratory illness.

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Sandra Day O’Connor Journey

O’Connor’s journey began on the Lazy B, a sprawling 160,000-acre cattle ranch along the Arizona-New Mexico border where she spent her childhood. In the 1940s and 1950s few women were college educated.

O’Connor graduated from Stanford University’s law school, where she formed lifelong connections with figures like future Chief Justice William Rehnquist.