On September 25th, 1981, Sandra Day O'Connor was sworn in to the Supreme Court and became the first woman to serve as a Supreme Court Justice. Nominated by President Ronald Reagan, Sandra Day O'Connor received unanimous approval from the U.S. Senate. Justice O'Connor served on the Court from 1981 until her retirement in 2006. During this time, she often served as a "swing" vote on the Court for many important decisions. Since her approval to the Supreme Court in 1981, three additional women have been selected to the Supreme Court.
Former Justice Sandra Day O’Connor discussed the process of being nominated to be the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court.