Sandra Day O’Connor is one of those extraordinary women who have defied expectations, broken boundaries, and made the world a better place for others.

She was the first woman ever to be appointed to the United States Supreme Court. Yet when she first graduated [third in her class], with honours, from Stanford University Law School, the only job she was offered by a law firm was to work as legal secretary.

Instead, she found work as a deputy county attorney in California before moving to Arizona and opening her own law firm.

Sandra was elected to the Arizona legislature and became Majority leader of the Arizona state senate, then served as Attorney General for the state before being elected to serve as Superior Court Judge in Phoenix.

She was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1981 by then U.S. President Ronald Reagan, and retired from the court in 2006, after twenty-five years of distinguished service.