24 years ago today, 14 women were killed in an act of sickening violence at the École Polytechnique in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Targeted for being women and for being engineers, we must never forget their names.
- Geneviève Bergeron (born 1968), civil engineering student
- Hélène Colgan (born 1966), mechanical engineering student
- Nathalie Croteau (born 1966), mechanical engineering student
- Barbara Daigneault (born 1967), mechanical engineering student
- Anne-Marie Edward (born 1968), chemical engineering student
- Maud Haviernick (born 1960), materials engineering student
- Maryse Laganière (born 1964), budget clerk in the École Polytechnique’s finance department
- Maryse Leclair (born 1966), materials engineering student
- Anne-Marie Lemay (born 1967), mechanical engineering student
- Sonia Pelletier (born 1961), mechanical engineering student
- Michèle Richard (born 1968), materials engineering student
- Annie St-Arneault (born 1966), mechanical engineering student
- Annie Turcotte (born 1969), materials engineering student
- Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz (born 1958), nursing student
It is all too easy to fall into the comfortable trap of assuming that the atrocity at École Polytechnique, and the misogyny that propelled it, is a tragic relic of the past, disconnected from our here and now by a gulf of progress and triumph.
Sadly, this is not the case. Whether we look at what faceless men’s rights activists angrily say on the internet or, more importantly, we look at all the regressive, misogynistic policies enacted all around the world, it is clear that the past has not passed by us.
Remembrance is more than just the marriage of memory and acknowledgement. Remembrance is the true and total understanding of what has been lost and how we are all degraded by that loss.
We can never forget what happened. But to add to that, we must always remember that we must never stop addressing inequality and injustice wherever we see it.