Sandra tried to find a job as a
lawyer, but many law firms would not hire her because she was a
woman. Sandra finally found a job and became a deputy county attorney
in San Mateo, California. Sandra's husband, John graduated a year
after she did. John joined the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General
Corps, and moved with Sandra to Frankfurt, Germany for three years.
While they were overseas, Sandra worked as a civilian lawyer for
the Quartermaster Corps.
When the couple returned to the
United States they started a family. Over the next six years Sandra
and John had three boys: Scott, Brian, and Jay. After the birth
of her first son Sandra opened a private law firm with a partner.
She stopped working after Brian was born and became a full-time
mother from 1960 - 1965. During that time she did a lot of volunteer
work and became involved in politics. Sandra returned to work full-time
as the assistant state attorney general in 1965. In 1969 Sandra
became the state senator for Arizona. She was the first woman to
be elected majority leader in 1972.
In 1974 Sandra was elected to the
state judgeship on the Maricopa County Superior Court and served
as judge until 1979 when she was appointed to the Arizona Court
of Appeals. Twenty-one months later, on August 19, 1981, President
Ronald Reagan nominated Sandra to the United States Supreme Court.
On September 15, 1981 members of the Judiciary Committee recommended
her approval. The Senate confirmed her appointment and Sandra took
the oath of office September 26, 1981. Sandra Day O'Connor is the
first woman to be appointed to the Supreme Court.