24 Years Ago In TIME

The historic appointment of SANDRA DAY O'CONNOR as the first female Supreme Court Justice was rooted in election politics.

Ronald Reagan lived up to a campaign pledge last week, and the nation cheered. At a hastily arranged television appearance in the White House press room, the President referred to his promise that he would name a woman to the Supreme Court, explaining, "That is not to say I would appoint a woman merely to do so. That would not be fair to women, nor to future generations of all Americans whose lives are so deeply affected by decisions of the court....

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