42 THE SATURDAY EVENING POST September '85 HER HONOR: THE RANCHER'S DAUGHTER Justice Sandra Day O'Connor reflects on her eventful life, from riding a horse at her parents' ranch before she could walk to sitting as first woman judge on the Supreme Court of the United States. by Joan S. Marie n 1981 Sandra Day O'Connor made history when she was sworn in as the first female justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Not surprisingly, the eight "brethren" weren't too sure what to expect from her appointment. One thing they found was that the new justice already had a leg up on the job. Justice O'Connor arrives at the Supreme Court bright and early every morning, along with several other Court employees, to take an aerobics class from a local YWCA instructor. Sporting a leotard, the justice throws herself totus corpus into various stretches, extensions, twists, head rolls and leg lifts. "I think physical fitness is enormously important to your capacity to do mental fitness work; to do the work that I do here at the Court," says Justice O'Connor. "I'm more productive with my work when I feel good physically, so when I came to the Court I decided that I wanted to continue the practice I had started in Arizona, an exercise class every morning early. Through the Y we were able to get a young woman to be an instructor, and we set up a little class here at the Court." Sorry, no men allowed. There's only one shower room at the Supreme Court. "The class is open to all the women employees," says the justice, "and it's something that I manage to do The author—a lawyer, writer, editor, wife and, not least, the mother of two young sons—was asked to do this cover-story interview because of her empathy with her role model Sandra Day O'Connor. Ms. Marie hopes this interview will reflect the unbounded enthusiasm and commitment Sandra Day learned to ride on her favorite horse, Chico, at an early age. By the time she of Justice O'Connor to her family and her was seven she was also driving a car around the Lazy B ranch, but she didn't handle a career. truck or a tractor until the ripe old age of ten.
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