Sandra Day O'Connor

Michael Arthur Worden Evansc. 1982

Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery

Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery
Washington, D.C., United States

In 1981, President Ronald Reagan fulfilled a campaign promise to appoint the first woman to the U.S. Supreme Court by nominating Arizona lawyer and judge Sandra Day O'Connor to a seat on the bench. After announcing the nomination, Reagan wrote in his diary, "Already the flak is starting and from my own supporters. . . . I think that she'll make a good justice." O'Connor served from 1981 to her retirement in 2006 and left a reputation as a conscientious associate justice, one inclined toward narrowly based judgments rendered on a case-by-case basis, thereby avoiding setting sweeping precedents. A lifelong Republican, O'Connor came to the court after a career in the law and politics in both Arizona and California


  • Title: Sandra Day O'Connor
  • Creator: Michael Arthur Worden Evans
  • Date Created: c. 1982
  • Physical Dimensions: h60.6 x w50.8 cm
  • Rights: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of the Portrait Project, Inc.
  • External Link: https://npg.si.edu/object/npg_S_NPG.92.257
  • Classification: Photograph

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