The Supreme Court of the United States was an exclusively male preserve for 192 years. Not until 1981, when President Ronald Reagan nominated Sandra Day O’Connor to be the first woman justice, did the Court gain the benefit of a woman’s perspective and expertise.

“In the fall of 1983, in an article poking fun at government acronyms, The New York Times wrote, ‘The chief magistrate responsible for executing the laws is sometimes known as the POTUS (President of the United States). The nine men who interpret them are often the SCOTUS.’ O’Connor wrote to the Times, reminding them that for two years ‘SCOTUS has not consisted of nine men.’ She signed the letter FWOTSC— ‘First woman on the Supreme Court.’” (Thomas pg. 203)

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