Via Feminist Law Professors, today is the 27th anniversary of Sandra Day O’Connor’s confirmation to the United States Supreme Court. O’Connor was the first woman ever to sit on the bench. Though appointed by Ronald Reagan, a conservative president, she often served as a swing vote on a number of hallmark cases, including Planned Parenthood v. Casey, in which she outlined that regulatory measures on abortion would be constitutional so long as they did not place an “undue burden” on a woman’s right to have an abortion, and Lawrence v. Texas, a ruling that determined laws against homosexual sodomy were unconstitutional. O’Connor continues to speak at colleges and universities throughout the country.
Cross posted at Pushback.