It is the 21st anniversary of the shootings at École Polytechnique, now known as the Montreal Massacre. Fourteen women were shot because they were going after their dreams. They were reaching a little bit higher than ‘traditional’ female roles.

I don’t remember hearing about the shooting when it happened, but I was only 8 years old and I can fully understand why my mother would keep it from me – my single mother, raising two daughters, working to support our family, much like Marc Lepine’s mother.

I don’t know when the incident – and all the incidents of violence against women that have caught the public’s consciousness – became part of my knowledge base, but it is now and ever will be.

  • Geneviève Bergeron
  • Hélène Colgan
  • Nathalie Croteau
  • Barbara Daigneault
  • Anne-Marie Edward
  • Maud Haviernick
  • Maryse Laganière
  • Maryse Leclair
  • Anne-Marie Lemay
  • Sonia Pelletier
  • Michèle Richard
  • Annie St-Arneault
  • Annie Turcotte
  • Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz

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