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Sandra Day O'Connor 1930-
First Female United States Supreme Court Justice

Sandra Day O'Connor grew up in Arizona. Her family had a cattle ranch. As a child, O'Connor rode horses. She helped with the cattle. She also loved to read.

When O'Connor grew up, she became a judge. A judge is someone who decides the best way to follow the laws. O'Connor tried to be a fair judge. In 1981, the President of the United States asked her to be on the nation's Supreme Court. The Supreme Court is a group of judges who make important decisions about our country's laws. There are only nine judges on the Supreme Court. O'Connor was the first woman ever to be on the Supreme Court.

Comprehension Check

What did O'Connor do when she grew up?

Critical Thinking

Why do you think O'Connor tries to be a fair judge?