Women’s History, January 31

31 Jan

First Female Supreme Court Justice

January 31, 2006, Sandra Day O’Connor, the first female Supreme Court Justice, retires. Justice O’Connor was appointed by Ronald Reagan in 1981.  O’Connor supported the fundamental right to abortion protected by the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. Many argue that O’Connor was the swing vote when the US Supreme Court voted George W. Bush as President of the United States. On December 12, 2000 at an Election Night party at the Washington, D.C., O’Connor’s husband was quoted: “his wife would be reluctant to retire if a Democrat were in the White House and would choose her replacement,” as reported in the Wall Street Journal. However conservative O’Connor is, she did support the justices in Iowa that supported same sex marriage. Unfortunately, those justices were ousted.

Happy Birthday, Tallulah Bankhead.  Bankhead best known for her sultry voice, was an actress, and radio/television host.

Happy Birthday, Carol Channing. Channing is probably best known for her role in Hello Dolly, but I loved her best in Thoroughly Modern Millie.

Quote of the day:

    Making mental connections is our most crucial learning tool, the essence of human intelligence: to forge links; to go beyond the given; to see patterns, relationship, context.–Marilyn Ferguson

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