Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the Arizona rancher’s daughter who became a voice of moderate conservatism as the first woman on the U.S. Supreme Court, was memorialized by President Joe Biden on Tuesday as a pioneer in the legal world who inspired generations of women.
Biden and Chief Justice John Roberts were among those who spoke at her funeral at Washington National Cathedral. O’Connor retired from the high court in 2006 after more than two decades, and died Dec. 1 at age 93.
“Sandra Day O’Connor, daughter of the American West, was a pioneer in her own right — breaking down the barriers in the legal and political worlds and the nation’s consciousness,” Biden said. “To her, the Supreme Court was the bedrock — the bedrock of America.”
President Joe Biden speaks during a funeral service for retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor at the Washington National Cathedral, Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2023, in Washington. O’Connor, an Arizona native and the first woman to serve on the nation’s highest court, died Dec. 1 at age 93. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)