He is more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same. If all else perished and he remained, I should still continue to be, and if all else remained, and we were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger… He’s always, always in my mind; not as a pleasure to myself, but as my own being.
On September 25, 1981, Sandra Day O’Connor became the first female justice sworn in to the Supreme Court. As a young law school graduate, Justice O’Connor was declined an interview at 40 different firms—but she never gave up. Her commitment to democracy and passion for the law is an inspiration to all Americans.