Sandra Day O’Connor — the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court — died at 93 years old Dec. 1 due to complications with dementia.

O’Connor was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan in 1981 and played a large role in the decisions of important cases such as affirmative action, abortion, voting rights and many others. 

O’Connor retired from the Court in 2006 to care for her husband who later died in 2009. 

O’Connor also dedicated Elon Law in 2006 and spoke as a keynote speaker in 2010.