Boiler Room Girls
The "Boiler Room Girls" were the female members of Senator Robert F. Kennedy's 1968 presidential campaign staff. While an American political campaign often makes calls from a phone bank that has much in common with a marketing boiler room, this group actually had desks in space designed as a mechanical room of the building the campaign used.
Six of them, listed in descending order of age (in 1968), were the following:
- Mary Jo Kopechne, 28, who died a year after RFK's campaign, off Chappaquiddick Island in 1969 in a highly publicized and controversial car accident involving her driver, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, who pleaded guilty after leaving the scene of an accident;
- Mary Ellen Lyons, a graduate of Regis College in Weston, Massachusetts, sister of Nance Lyons, and now a practicing attorney in Boston;
- Nance Lyons, 26, a graduate of College of the Sacred Heart in Newton, Massachusetts, sister of Mary Ellen Lyons, and now a practicing attorney in Boston;
- Esther Newberg, 26, now a New York literary agent and executive
- Susan Tannenbaum, 24, now a retired lobbyist in Washington, D.C., and wife of a Washington lawyer; and
- Rosemary "Cricket" Keough (now Rosemary Keough Redmond Kerrebrock), 23, a graduate of Manhattanville College and Boston University who went on to be partner in a Lincoln, Massachusetts law firm with her late husband.
- Who's who at the Kennedy inquest - time.com, September 5, 1969