Remembering the Montreal Massacre
[Editor's note: Twenty-two years later, I still remember the Montreal Massacre. Do you? The gunman who methodically shot and killed 14 female students at the engineering school at the Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal, Quebec. Because they were women and he hated feminism. As a Canadian woman and an engineer, Amber Strocel at strocel.com has an especially poignant tribute on this sad anniversary of their deaths.--Mona]
I am a woman, and for approximately 10 years I worked as an engineer in Canada. I entered university in 1994 – less than 5 years after the Montreal Massacre. It is something that resonates with me, because I was there. I sat in classrooms filled with male students, and studied math and science. I soldered circuit boards together in labs filled with men. In my final engineering job I worked on a 17-member team, with only one other woman.