MIAMI, FL -- It's a sad day for women empowerment. Janet Reno, the first woman to be named as the country's attorney general, has died. President Bill Clinton appointed Reno to the position. She held the title from 1993 to 2001.
The 78-year-old passed away at her home in Miami after a twenty year battle with Parkinson's disease. She held her office even after her diagnosis.
Reno has plenty of successes under her belt. They include the convictions of the Oklahoma City bombers, Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, and the "Unabomber," Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman. She's even behind a Will Ferrell SNL skit.
Of course, there is also failure where there is success. In Reno's case, two huge blunders for haunted Reno for the rest of her career.
In 1993, Reno called the shots when FBI agents raided a compound in Waco. 80 members of the Branch Davidian Sect died in the event.
The second? Reno ordered the controversial raid that sent Elian Gonzalez back to Cuba after a custody battle in 2000.
While her battles were controversial, she paved the way for women in leadership roles.