The Supreme Court of the United States was comprised solely of men until 1981. Former U.S. President Ronald Reagan changed history that year when he appointed Sandra Day O’Connor as the first female Supreme Court justice.
“She epitomized what women in the ’80s and well into the twenty-first century could dream of their achievements,” said Kim Pace, director of UAA’s Women Studies program and term assistant professor for the Department of Political Sciences.
O’Connor has traveled throughout the country promoting civic education since her retirement in 2006. She will visit Alaska for the third time Sept. 5 to promote her online education program, iCivics, through various events in Anchorage.
“O’Connor’s purpose is to bring attention to all of us about how the government works,” said Barbara Hood, communications counsel of the Alaska Court System and iCivics coordinator.
The iCivics program was designed to teach people about the various branches of government through interactive games. Although the program’s target audience is middle school-aged children, people of all ages can learn through it.
“I’ve played them and I’ve enjoyed them,” Hood said.
O’Connor will speak in a reception at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center. The event is open to the public with preregistration.
She will also make appearances at Central Middle School and West High School. Attendance at both events is invitation only.
“How many times do you get a Supreme Court justice to come to your school?” said Brian Hosken, Assistant Principal of West High School. “It makes education much more real for students. It’s an event we are all just excited about.”
For more information on Sandra Day O’Connor’s iCivics program, visit http://www.icivics.org