American Experience

PBS | 9:00 pm

Ronald Reagan's 1981 nomination of Sandra Day O'Connor to be the first female Supreme Court justice dominated that day's news cycle, and rightly so. The new documentary "Sandra Day O'Connor: The First" looks back at the Texas-born O'Connor's life and career. During her 25 years on the Supreme Court, she was the critical swing vote on cases involving some of the 20th century's most polarizing cases involving race, gender and reproductive rights, and O'Connor was the tie-breaker decision regarding the George W. Bush-Al Gore presidential election.