Friday, December 6, 2013

24th Anniversary of the Ecole Polytechnique Massacre

24 years ago today, a man went to the engineering school at the Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal. He separated women from men, and began shooting the women for being "feminists" (that is, he accused them of being feminists solely for majoring in a male-dominated field). 14 women were killed, 10 were injured; with 4 men also being injured in the crossfire, although they were not his targets.
It is not an event we hear much about in the U.S., but it is still a major event in Canada. Every year, at universities all over the country they hold remembrances, they have a moment of silence in their House of Commons. The event lead to galvanized grassroots organizations on women's rights, violence and gun safety; greater gun control laws; better police response during emergencies; and a government committee to study violence against women.

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