The Montreal Massacre (1989)

Today is a day that is set aside to remember the massacre of 14 women who died because they were trying to get into a male dominated profession.

In 1989, Mark Lepine entered the Ecole polytechnique engineering school in Montreal and walked around the school shooting any women he could find. He ended up killing 14 of them and then himself. He didn’t feel that women should be able to become engineers.

I was only a few years out of an engineering college at the time (where the M:F ratio was 13:1 in my graduating class), certainly the incident was less meaningful to me then than it is now. For the past 15 years, Dec. 6th has been set aside in Canada to remember these women and to remember all acts of violence against women.