This next item is featured in the Supreme Court’s Sandra Day O’Connor exhibit. Justice O’Connor received the Presidential Medal of Freedom on August 12, 2009, along with Desmond Tutu, Stephen Hawking, Sidney Poitier, and twelve others. Here’s the certificate she received:

“Sandra Day O’Connor has paved the way for millions of women to achieve their dreams. Completing law school [at Stanford] in just two years, she graduated third in her class at a time when women rarely entered the legal profession. With grace and humor, tenacity and intelligence, she rose to become the first woman on the United States Supreme Court. Her historic 25-Term tenure on the Court was defined by her integrity and independence, and she has earned the Nation’s lasting gratitude for her invaluable contributions to history and the law.”

Watch her receive the award at 27:13 of this video:


Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!