Supreme Court of the United States

Current Exhibitions

Sandra Day O’Connor, First Woman on the Supreme Court

Portrait of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor
Portrait of Sandra Day O’Connor by Danni Dawson, 1999
Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States

Justice Sandra Day O’Connor was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan, and served from 1981 until 2006. Beginning with her childhood growing up on her family's ranch, the exhibition recalls her life before joining the Supreme Court, her service and accomplishments on the Court, and her continuing legacy off the Court.

Following her retirement from the Court on January 31, 2006, Justice O’Connor has continued her judicial service by hearing cases in the United States Courts of Appeals. In recognition of her lifetime accomplishments, President Barack Obama awarded Justice O’Connor with the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, on August 12, 2009. This medal, along with portraits, sculpture and personal items such as her Bench chair help illuminate her story.


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