The Daily Mashup: Sandra Day O’Connor to Sandra Bullock
Sandra Day O’Connor instantly became one of the most powerful role models for women when she was nominated by Ronald Reagan to sit on the Supreme Court. She served for 24 years, undergoing the challenge of battling breast cancer and her husband’s suffering with Alzheimer’s Disease. She was a pioneering force on the Supreme Court and will be remembered as the guiding hand in the court’s decisions during her time there, frequently acting as the swing vote. Sandra Bullock, also known as America’s Sweetheart, is one of Hollywood’s highest-paid actresses. She has starred in memorable movies such as Miss Congeniality, The Blind Side, The Proposal, and Gravity. She has received both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe award. Most recently, in 2015, she was named “Most Beautiful Woman” by People magazine.
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Sandra Day O’Connor and Sandra Bullock have both appeared in Time magazine’s 100 “Most Influential People in the World.” O’Connor was named in the 2004 issue, being praised for her work in the Supreme Court. In Time, Walter Isaacson writes, “By being the practical-minded swing vote on the court, she has quietly become one of the most influential people in the world.” The 2010 Time list included Bullock, who is described by Betty White as a down to earth and genuinely kind person. In Time, White writes, ”She never lets a scene get away from her. She’s never just there going through her paces. And you can’t take your eyes off of her. America, you wish she were your sweetheart.”
O’Connor and Bullock are continuously recognized as powerful women in their fields. Several publications have named O’Connor one of the most powerful women in the world. As the swing vote in many Supreme Court cases, O’Connor had the opportunity to change history over and over again. And she did. In 2009, Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which is the highest possible civilian honor one can be awarded in the United States. The Hollywood Reporter named Bullock as one of the most powerful women in all of entertainment. By 2009, Bullock’s films had grossed over $3.1 billion worldwide. Her total domestic gross stands at $1.7 billion, placing her among the Top 100 Stars at the Box Office. By 2014, she ranked No. 2 on Forbes‘ most powerful actresses list and was the highest earning actress in the movie business. You go, girls!
These two remarkable women each have their own connection to the state of Texas. O’Connor was born in El Paso, Texas and grew up on a ranch with her family. To honor her, a magnet school in Austin is named the Sandra Day O’Connor Criminal Justice/Public Service Academy. She also appears in the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame. Bullock, in addition to having a home in Lake Austin, Texas, actually owns her own restaurant in Austin called Bess Bistro. Across the street from her restaurant, she also opened Walton’s Fancy and Staple, a bakery, upscale restaurant, flower shop, and an event planning business all in one. She backs a Texas non-profit organization called The Kindred Life Foundation, dedicated to help individuals, households, and organizations in need.
It turns out, neither O’Connor nor Bullock have strict ties to a political party. They both have democratic and republican views. Though she is thought of as a conservative, O’Connor is also known for deciding her stance on a case-by-case basis. Willamette University College of Law Professor Steven Green has stated, “She was a moderating voice on the court and was very hesitant to expand the law in either direction.” He also said, unlike some other Court justices, O’Connor “seemed to look at each case with an open mind.” Isn’t that how it should be? Bullock, though she tries to keep her religious and political views private, has said she has “as many Democratic ideas as she does Republican.”
Both Sandra Day O’Connor and Sandra Bullock have completed firsts for women. First, Sandra Day O’Connor was re-elected to the State Senate in 1973 and became the first woman to serve as Majority Leader. Next, President Ronald Reagan nominated her for a position as a Supreme Court Justice, making her the first woman ever to hold that position. Sandra Bullock starred in The Blind Side, which broke box office records. She became the first female star to lead a film into the $200 million mark.
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By Molly Mae Force, Cool Girls Reporter. Connect with me on LinkedIn: Linkedin.com/in/mollymaeforce
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