A closer look at the women who’ve served on the Supreme Court

Will there be a 5th appointed soon?

(L-R) U.S. Supreme Court justices Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, participate in an annual Women's History Month reception hosted by Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi in the U.S. capitol building on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. This year's event honored the women Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court: Associate Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan. (Photo by Allison Shelley)
(L-R) U.S. Supreme Court justices Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, participate in an annual Women's History Month reception hosted by Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi in the U.S. capitol building on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. This year's event honored the women Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court: Associate Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan. (Photo by Allison Shelley) (Getty Images)

In the wake of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing at the age of 87 late last week, President Donald Trump has said he would appoint a woman as Ginsburg’s replacement.

If that proves to be true, it would be the fifth woman ever to serve as a justice on the Supreme Court.

Here’s a closer look at the other four women who have served on the high court.

Sandra Day O’Connor

Year appointed: 1981

Appointed by: President Ronald Reagan

Years served: 1981-2006

Overview: O’Connor made history by becoming the first woman ever to serve as a justice on the Supreme Court when she was nominated by Reagan to replace the retiring Potter Stewart. Her hearing on the Senate floor was the first-ever confirmation for a Supreme Court justice that was televised. In 2009, she was given a Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama. O’Connor turned 90 earlier this year.


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