Honoring Sandra Day O'Connor

Honoring Sandra Day O'Connor

Sandra Day 0’Connor, the first female justice on the Supreme Court died early this month.

She lived a long, full life, and what a difference she made. A guiding light for women lawyers, she saved reproductive rights at the Supreme Court in her time.

At a tour of the modernistic house, she and her husband had built for their family in Phoenix, we learn that in the 1970s she frequently hosted dinners at home for other members of the Arizona Legislature when she was Senate majority leader. The point was to discuss differing ideas in a civilized manner and to get to know people across party lines as human beings. She did this too, at the Supreme Court. A shame that this kind of consensus-building civility seems to have gone for now.

This adobe house, in Tempe, Arizona, is now on the National Register of Historic Places and is repurposed as the Sandra Day 0’Connor Institute for American Democracy.