Video: Sandra Day O’Connor on Early Trouble Getting Hired (And Winding Up in San Mateo)

From the Wall Street Journal’s Women in the Economy Conference, here’s video of former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor relating in her inimitable style how she had a devil of a time getting an interview let alone landing a job after graduating near the top of her class at Stanford Law.

The reason? You guessed it, overt job discrimination against women.

So how did she finally commence what turned out to be an illustrious legal career? By offering to start work at no pay and sharing a secretary’s office at the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office.

Watch here.

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Jon Brooks writes mostly on film for KQED Arts. He is also an online editor and writer for KQED's daily news blog, News Fix. Jon is a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S.

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