New generation of women in politics reflect on death of Mary Jo Kopechne

Liana Ascolese, the political director of the young Democrats of Massachusetts, reflects on Mary Jo Kopechne and the role of women in politics.
1:29 | 05/08/19

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Growing up in massachusetts' Chappaquiddick it's one of those stories you feel like Q though is known about end. It's like a rumor where you don't know who started it gets to something you've heard. I think a lot of young people think that they know the story of Chappaquiddick they think that they know who Mary gel why is. Mary show compact need died in the cars that Ted Kennedy escaped from. The media coverage of Mary Joe's death with police at least accessed she was a footnote in her own death. Her work its. Almost never referenced in Annie of the press coverage and so to have her relegated to a blind to secretary if someone. Technician had an land is something that's really insulting. Sheen was someone who was focused on hiding a very serious career in politics even though that was something really different for winning at the time. Marriage was really drawn to the idealism of bodies campaign his passion for civil rights anti poverty anti war those are issues that. Young people really cared about in 1916 and we have a group of women like the boiler room girls who made such valuable contributions. And who did all of this work who Wear these when and behind the scenes. I think that women still have a long way to go in cleaning and getting credit for our own work in politics. I hope out one day we won't have to speak to the importance of women in politics because women will just politics.

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