Sandra Day O'Connor was the first woman to serve as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice. During her term on the Court, she was regarded as among the most powerful women in the world. In 1981, O'Connor, who was 51, was nominated by President Ronald Reagan and confirmed unanimously by the Senate. She served for 24 years.
O’Connor was the picture of self-confidence. She was athletic, playing tennis, golf, as well as skiing and horseback riding. In the courtroom, colleagues said, “She had a piercing gaze that could turn into an intimidating stare.”