Sandra Day O'Connor

Sandra Day O'Connor

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Author Profession: US Judge
Born: March 26, 1930
Age: 86 years old
Birth Sign: Aries

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I don't know that there are any short cuts to doing a good job.

In order to cultivate a set of leaders with legitimacy in the eyes of the citizenry, it is necessary that the path to leadership be visibly open to talented and qualified individuals of every race and ethnicity.

It was better for me when I was joined at the court by a second woman. When I was there alone, there was too much media focus on the one woman, and the minute we got another woman, that changed.

Statutes authorizing unreasonable searches were the core concern of the framers of the 4th Amendment.

It is a measure of the framers' fear that a passing majority might find it expedient to compromise 4th Amendment values that these values were embodied in the Constitution itself.

We don't accomplish anything in this world alone... and whatever happens is the result of the whole tapestry of one's life and all the weavings of individual threads form one to another that creates something.

I've always said that at the end of the day, on a legal issue, I think a wise old woman and a wise old man are going to reach the same conclusion.

I care very much about women and their progress. I didn't go march in the streets, but when I was in the Arizona Legislature, one of the things that I did was to examine every single statute in the state of Arizona to pick out the ones that discriminated against women and get them changed.

Do the best you can in every task, no matter how unimportant it may seem at the time. No one learns more about a problem than the person at the bottom.

The freedom to criticize judges and other public officials is necessary to a vibrant democracy.

As a citizen, you need to know how to be a part of it, how to express yourself - and not just by voting.

The members of the court were just delighted to have a ninth member - male or female. They were all kind and welcoming.

I'm a judge. It seemed to me that it was critical to try to take action to stem the criticism and help people understand that in the constitutional framework, it's terribly important not to have a system of retaliation against decisions people don't like.

Commitment to the rule of law provides a basic assurance that people can know what to expect whether what they do is popular or unpopular at the time.

In terms of having the American people look at the court and think of it as being fair and appropriate for our nation, it helps to have women, plural, on the court.

We pay a price when we deprive children of the exposure to the values, principles, and education they need to make them good citizens.

And I went off to Stanford, I was pretty young and pretty naive. And I had a professor I really loved, who was himself a lawyer.

The destiny of the woman must be shaped to a large extent on her own conception of her spiritual imperative and her place in society.

The freedom to criticize judges and other public officials is necessary to a vibrant democracy. The problem comes when healthy criticism is replaced with more destructive intimidation and sanctions.

The power I exert on the court depends on the power of my arguments, not on my gender.

Nobody knows what anticipation is anymore. Everything is so immediate. Joan Jett age

I just thank God that I didn't grow up with so much money or privilege because you had to create ways to make it happen. Kim Basinger today

Feminism is not just about women; it's about letting all people lead fuller lives. Jane Fonda

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