O'Connor Taking Swing Vote Into Retirement Sandra Day O'Connor was the first woman named to the U.S. Supreme Court when President Ronald Reagan nominated her in 1981 to fill the seat vacated by Justice Potter Stewart. She has often been the deciding vote on a divided court in recent years.
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O'Connor Taking Swing Vote Into Retirement

Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman named to the U.S. Supreme Court, leaves after 24 years.

Sandra Day O'Connor is sworn in as an Associate Justice to the U.S. Supreme Court by Chief Justice Warren Burger in 1981. O'Connor served for more than 20 years on the Supreme Court. Michael Evans/Associated Press hide caption

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Sandra Day O'Connor's Supreme Legacy

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