Document Type

Book Review

Publication Date


Publication Title

Washington University Journal of Law and Policy


Appearing as part of the WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY JOURNAL OF LAW and POLICY’s celebration of the sesquicentennial of the first women law students, this brief review critically examines FIRST: SANDRA DAY O’CONNOR, a biography by Evan Thomas. The review follows two themes highlighted by the book, intimacy and gender, and finds the author's treatment of the latter especially problematic. (A shorter version of the review appeared under the title How One Glass Ceiling Was Broken, COMMON READER (Nov. 20, 2019).


Gender, Supreme Court, Biography

Publication Citation

Susan Appleton, Telling the Story of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, 62 Wash. U. J.L. & Pol'y 5 (2020) (reviewing Evan Thomas’s, First: Sandra Day O’Connor (2019))