December 6th, 2010

bare foot dressed in shadows

A moment of respect for the victims of the Montreal Massacre

With sorrow that it happened and hope that it will not happen again, I join others in posting the names of 14 women who were killed this day in 1989 in an anti-feminist act of terrorism for being intelligent women pursuing their educational and career calling. Let us be ever less tolerant of violence against people for refusing to let some aspect of their physical form circumscribe how they might live their lives, until we all truly live in a safe and free society.

Those lost:

Geneviève Bergeron, civil engineering student
Hélène Colgan, mechanical engineering student.
Nathalie Croteau, mechanical engineering student.
Barbara Daigneault, mechanical engineering student.
Anne-Marie Edward, chemical engineering student.
Maud Haviernick, materials engineering student.
Maryse Laganière, budget clerk in the École Polytechnique's finance department.
Maryse Leclair, materials engineering student.
Anne-Marie Lemay, mechanical engineering student.
Sonia Pelletier, mechanical engineering student.
Michèle Richard, materials engineering student.
Annie St-Arneault, mechanical engineering student.
Annie Turcotte, materials engineering student.
Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz, nursing student.

You will forgive me, I think, if I hold my baby daughter very close for a moment now.