17 years ago today, 14 women (12 of them engineering students) were killed at Montreal’s École Polytechnique by a misogynist whack-job who blamed women for his failure to gain attendance to the engineering school. Although this event catalyzed the Canadian movement to eradicate violence against women, and led to December 6th being marked as the National Day of Commemoration and Action on Violence Against Women, I can’t help but think that those women could have been changing the world in much more profound ways if they had been allowed to wear the Iron Ring and pursue their own goals.

Rest in peace.

  • Geneviève Bergeron, 21 
  • Hélène Colgan, 23 
  • Nathalie Croteau, 23 
  • Barbara Daigneault, 22 
  • Anne-Marie Edward, 21 
  • Maud Haviernick, 29 
  • Barbara Maria Klucznik, 31 
  • Maryse Laganière, 25 
  • Maryse Leclair, 23 
  • Anne-Marie Lemay, 27 
  • Sonia Pelletier, 23 
  • Michèle Richard, 21 
  • Annie St-Arneault, 23 
  • Annie Turcotte, 21

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