December 6, 1989. I remember it vividly. News out of Montreal that a madman had gone into Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal and started shooting. 14 women were killed… just because they were women.
The gunman walked into an engineering class, separated the women from the men and started shooting the women. They had no escape. He was upset because he wasn’t accepted into the engineering program, and blamed the smart young women who were.
That day left a mark on me. I was 23, very close in age to the victims. I had gone to college, graduating from a male dominated program. It never dawned on me that any man would be jealous of my success and would want to kill me because of it.
Today we remember the victims, the 14 young woman who’s lives were taken before they even had a chance to live them. Violence against woman is still problem and we need to take steps to make sure this never happens again.
Today is National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. See what you can do to make a difference.