Aug. 12th, 2009
Retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor received the Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, just hours after Obama paid tribute to Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the first Hispanic woman to sit on the high court.
“When a young Sandra Day graduated from Stanford Law School near the top of her class — in two years instead of the usual three — she was offered just one job in the private sector. Her prospective employer asked her how well she typed and told her there might be work for her as a legal secretary,” Obama said before hanging the medal around O’Connor’s neck. “Now, I cannot know how she would have fared as a legal secretary, but she made a mighty fine justice of the United States Supreme Court”