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.

Video: Sandra Day O’Connor on Early Trouble Getting Hired (And Winding Up in San Mateo) 5 April,2011Jon Brooks


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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