Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor is Woman of the Year honoree | USA TODAY

Sandra Day O'Connor chosen as one of USA TODAY's Women of the Year. The first female Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor came from humble beginnings, rose up the ranks, and smashed one glass ceiling after another.

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Sandra Day O'Connor is out of the public eye. At 93, she has lived a private life in Arizona since sharing she had dementia in 2018. But the work of O'Connor, the first woman on the U.S. Supreme Court, was front and center in 2022.

She was the author, with Justices Anthony Kennedy and David Souter, of the court's opinion in the 1992 case Planned Parenthood v. Casey. That ruling upheld the abortion rights granted by Roe v. Wade and held that states could impose restrictions on abortion as long as they didn’t pose an “undue burden." Her opinion also cited “stare decisis,” the principle of adhering to precedent, in upholding Roe.

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