This Day In 1981: Reagan Picks O'Connor, Court's 1st Woman : It's All Politics Twenty-eight years ago today, President Reagan nominates Sandra Day O'Connor to the Supreme Court, the first woman ever nominated.
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This Day In 1981: Reagan Picks O'Connor, Court's 1st Woman

July 7, 1981:

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President Reagan nominates Arizona appeals court Judge Sandra Day O'Connor to fill the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court of retiring Justice Potter Stewart. O'Connor is the first woman ever nominated to the high court.

She will be confirmed by the Senate on Sept. 21 by a 99-0 vote.

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