Justice Sandra Day O'Connor

Justice Sandra Day O'Connor became the first woman to serve on the United States Supreme Court when she was appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1981, breaking the last "glass ceiling" in the legal profession and further opening doors for women in all areas of law. No stranger to Chautauqua, O'Connor has spoken on the lecture platform on three occasions. Asked by National Geographic Traveler to contribute to their "Places of a Lifetime" issue, O'Connor wrote about Chautauqua and described it as the "life we wish we could always live."