4 Supreme Court women take same stage

Associated Press
From left: James Duff president and CEO of the Freedom Forum, former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, attend a forum to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Sandra Day O’Connor’s appointment to the Supreme Court, at the Newseum in Washington, Wednesday, April 11, 2012.   (AP Photo Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The first woman to serve on the Supreme Court says it's "fabulous" to have three other female justices on the bench.

Retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on Wednesday joined with the three women currently on the court to mark the 30th anniversary of the start of O'Connor's trailblazing service.

Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor recounted the inspiration they drew from O'Connor's nomination by President Ronald Reagan in 1981. Then a young prosecutor in New York City, Sotomayor said O'Connor's rise to the high court showed women that they would have greater opportunities in the legal system.

O'Connor retired in 2006 after 24 years as a justice.

It was the first time the four women of the Supreme Court appeared together in public.

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