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Sandra Day O’connor And Codoleezza Rice

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“Prejudice and bigotry are brought the sheer force of determination of individuals to succeed” stated Condoleezza Rice (“Condoleezza Rice>Quotes” 1). Her statement entirely portrays Sandra Day O’Connor. Despite her rural upbringings and sexist prejudice she faced, she was still able to become the first female Supreme Court Justice. Her major accomplishment resides in her ability to remain impartial and make decisive swing vote decisions in cases, which have immensely influenced the twentieth-century along with today’s twenty-first century society.
Sandra Day O’Connor’s rural upbringing has shaped her identity. She grew up on her family’s cattle ranch, called Lazy B. As a child, ...view middle of the document...

After returning to the United States, she decided to work in the private sector by opening her own law firm, which happened to challenge her in a numerous amount of ways. She had to be adept in handling a wide range of issues, such as cases that dealt with “landlord-tenant[s], domestic[s], small-business[es] and even criminal appointments” (Marie, Joan S 13). Instead of continuing her private practice, she quit to take care of her family. Eventually in 1965, she went back to work in the public sector, serving as the Arizona’s assistant attorney general for four years (Nichols, Blake 4). Later on, she took up state politics and became a county judge of Maricopa County Superior Court (Marie, Joan S 22).
Ronald Reagan took notice of Sandra Day O’Connor’s qualified and reputable status and thereby nominated her for Supreme Court Justice. However, once again she met sexism and opposition. Conservatives thought she would be “overly concerned with” feminist issues, while Democrats thought she would not delve into the subject deep enough (Hayes, Hannah 1). In spite of criticism, she was “unanimously” confirmed by the Supreme Court and was sworn in as the first female Supreme Court Justice on September 25, 1981 ("Sandra Day O'Connor” 9).
Sandra Day O’Connor had a great impact as Supreme Court Justice due to her decisive swing vote reputation ("Sandra Day O'Connor”). Although she had “moderate conservative” ideals, she abided and upheld the law, instead of pandering to politicians (“Sandra Day O’Connor” 8). Her decisions as Supreme Court Justice had an enormous impact on her society then. In 1982, she wrote an “opinion (written statement by the judge)” ruling that it is unconstitutional for state nursing schools to withhold admitting men in the Mississippi University for Women v. Hogan...

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