Ethel Skakel Kennedy (born April 11, 1928) is an American human-rights campaigner and widow of Senator Robert F. Kennedy is the third of four daughters and sixth child of George and Ann Brannack Skakel, and was a classmate of her future sister-in-law Jean Kennedy Smith at Manhattanville College of the Sacred Heart.
Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, a nonprofit charity working to realize RFK's dream of a just and peaceful world.
In 2009, Ethel Kennedy was among the chief mourners at the funeral of her brother-in-law Ted Kennedy.
Other notable invitees included the Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall, entertainer Judy Garland, dancer Rudolf Nureyev and historian Arthur M.
Schlesinger, Jr., who found himself thrown into the pool fully clothed where Ethel Kennedy was also already swimming fully clothed.
In 2014, President Barack Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
She was the Skakels' third daughter and sixth child, having five older siblings, Georgeann (1918–1983), James (1921–1998), George Jr.
In February 2001, Kennedy visited Rodolfo Montiel and another peasant activist at their jail in Iguala, presenting Rodolfo with the Chico Mendes Award on behalf of American environmental group Sierra Club.
In March 2016, Kennedy was among hundreds who marched near the home of Wendy's chairman Nelson Peltz in Palm Beach, Florida, as part of an effort by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, a farm workers' group, to convince the company to pay an additional one cent per pound of tomatoes to increase the wages of field workers.
Ethel was reportedly devastated by the assassination and worried for President Kennedy's children. Kennedy was fatally shot by Sirhan Sirhan, and died early the next day. She continued to live at the family home, Hickory Hill, in Mc Lean, Virginia, until December 2009, when it was sold for .25 million. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, dedicated to advancing human rights through litigation, advocacy, and education.