Sandra Day O'Connor
Serving on the highest court in the country
On September 25, 1981, Sandra Day O’Connor was sworn in as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. In 1985, O'Connor quietly donated the robe she wore to the ceremony—the robe that symbolized a milestone in her judicial career and in women’s history—to the National Museum of American History. In her 25 years on the Supreme Court, she earned a reputation as a pragmatic centrist voice by judging each case on its individual merits and specializing in narrowly crafted opinions.