>> So then, at the end of the day he->> Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman to serve on the US Supreme Court, says she's been diagnosed with dementia. In a letter addressed to friends and fellow Americans, 88 year old Justice O'Connor revealed that she was diagnosed with the beginning stages of dementia, likely Alzheimer's disease, and that she would be withdrawing from public life.
>> Tell me what you would like your legacy to be.>> I would like it to be that I was the first woman to serve on the Court, and I did a decent job.>> O'Connor was confirmed as the Supreme Court's first female justice in 1981, after being nominated by then President Ronald Reagan.
She emerged as the court's ideological center, casting key votes in cases on the most contentious issues of her era. She voted to preserve a woman's right to have an abortion, and upheld affirmative action on college campuses. O'Connor, who grew up on a ranch in Arizona, graduated third in her class at Stanford Law School, where she met her future husband, John Jay O'Connor III.
>> In 2005, she retired from the high court to take care of him after he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. He died in 2009.>> To put a woman, a qualified woman on the Supreme Court.>> In the letter, O'Connor said she would be living in Phoenix, Arizona surrounded by friends and family.