Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor passed away Friday morning at the age of 93.
She announced in 2018 that she had been diagnosed with dementia.
“A daughter of the American Southwest, Sandra Day O’Connor blazed an historic trail as our Nation’s first female Justice. She met that challenge with undaunted determination, indisputable ability, and engaging candor,” Chief Justice Roberts said.
“We at the Supreme Court mourn the loss of a beloved colleague, a fiercely independent defender of the rule of law, and an eloquent advocate for civics education. And we celebrate her enduring legacy as a true public servant and patriot.”
She was the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court and was nominated by President Ronald Reagan in 1981.