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Celebrating Misbehavin’

Posted by joyinhome on March 26, 2010

In honor of her birthday (March 26, 1930), today’s Misbehavin’ Woman is Jurist Sandra Day O’Connor, the 102nd Supreme Court Justice and the first woman to hold the position.

Appointed by Ronald Reagan, O’Connor served from September 22, 1981 – January 31, 2006. Although known to have an open mind and rule on a case by case basis, O’connor received mixed reviews on her decisions. She was known as a moderate voice and was known to be the swing vote in some cases. On August 12, 2009, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor of the United States, by POTUS MAXIMUS Barack Obama.

Concerned about the lack of knowledge among most young Americans about how their government works, in February 2009, O’Connor launched www.ourcourts.org, to offer interactive civics lessons to students and teachers.

“Having family responsibilities and concerns just has to make you a more understanding person.”

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