The first woman to sit on the Supreme Court Sandra Day O’Connor has passed away at 93. According to the Supreme Court, O’Connor died from complications due to dementia and a respiratory illness.
Chief Justice John Roberts released the following statement:
“A daughter of the American Southwest, Sandra Day O’Connor blazed an historic trail as our Nation’s first female Justice. She met that challenge with undaunted determination, indisputable ability, and engaging candor. We at the Supreme Court mourn the loss of a beloved colleague, a fiercely independent defender of the rule of law, and an eloquent advocate for civics education. And we celebrate her enduring legacy as a true public servant and patriot.”
O’Connor, nominted to the court by President Ronald Reagan, served from 1981 to 2006.
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BREAKING: Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, who forged a path for women in the law, championed ideological compromise and educated generations of Americans about the rights and duties of citizenship, has died. https://t.co/3tEvap2Pmn
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