Sandra Day O’Connor, first woman on U.S. Supreme Court, has dementia
Her husband died in 2009 of the disease.
- Justice Sandra Day O'Connor was the first woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.
- She was a deciding vote on a number of cases that came before the court.
- Watch her interview from 2015 about her upbringing and desire to see more women in all parts of government.
"Since many people have asked about my current status and activities, I want to be open about these changes, and while I am still able, share some personal thoughts," Justice O'Connor wrote. "While the final chapter of my life with dementia may be trying, nothing has diminished my gratitude and deep appreciation for the countless blessings in my life."
President Reagan and Sandra Day O'Connor, 1981.
For almost 25 years, O'Connor was a key swing vote in many Supreme Court decisions, including Roe V. Wade, but her views were largely moderate. She was nominated by Ronald Reagan in 1981, and approved by Congress. In 2013, she performed the marriage of a gay couple in the halls of the Supreme Court itself, for the first time. This marked a shift in her politics to the Left after she retired.
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Photograph of Sandra Day O'Connor being sworn in as a Supreme Court Justice by Chief Justice Warren Burger. Her husband John O'Connor looks on. Septermber 5, 1981
She held the mantle of a qualified Supreme Court Justice quite well, even undergoing a mastectomy for breast cancer in 1988. "The best thing about all of this is that I had a job to go to," said Justice O'Connor, to The New York Times. "I didn't miss anything, and it was hard, but I'm so grateful that I had my work to do."
O'Connor retired from her position in 2005, to be with her husband John, who had Alzheimer's as well. He died four years later.
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Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor giving testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee Full committee hearing on 'Ensuring Judicial Independence Through Civics Education' on July 25, 2012 in Washington, DC.
Watch her 2015 interview here
"Women are as capable as men of handling all of the jobs, from start to finish, at state government level, and at federal government level. That's very important that our citizens look at women as well as men and say, 'Well, if we have to pick a new member of Congress, we can certainly consider Susan as well as Jim. They're both capable of doing the job, and we're going to evaluate both of them."
Many believe that the internet has made it easier for us to participate in political activism. But is that really true?
- Protesting in person is costly in terms of money and resources; some people have children to take care of, jobs that can't be away from, or may not have time to attend a planning event.
- The internet was supposed to be a way to sidestep this barrier to political activism. But this doesn't consider the other barriers preventing poor and working-class folks from participating in digital activism.
- In particular, these people lack ASETs: access to computers, the skills to use them, the empowerment necessary to feel that using Twitter or other social media is for them, and the time to make use of digital platforms in an effective way.
Some games are just for fun, others are for thought provoking statements on life, the universe, and everything.
- Video games are often dismissed as fun distractions, but some of them dive into deep issues.
- Through their interactive play elements, these games approach big issues intelligently and leave you both entertained and enlightened.
- These five games are certainly not the only games that cover these topics or do so well, but are a great starting point for somebody who wants to play something thought provoking.
The bid to buy Greenland is unlikely to become seriously considered.
- Greenland and Danish officials alike think the idea is ridiculous.
- The island is an autonomous state, and it's unlikely the Danish would sell it because of yearly subsidies costs.
- After hearing the Danish Prime Minister call the idea absurd, Trump cancelled their forthcoming meeting.