December 6th is a somber anniversary for Canadian women in tech, especially those of us in my generation who remember 1989.
A gunman confronts 60 engineering students during their class at l’École Polytechnique in Montreal on Dec. 6, 1989. He separates the men from the women and tells the men to leave the classroom, threatening them with his .22-calibre rifle. The enraged man begins a shooting rampage that spreads to three floors and several classrooms, jumping from desk to desk while female students cower below. He roams the corridors yelling, “I want women.”
Chilling words. And this happened in Canada. I’ll say this again, because if it can happen here, it can happen anywhere.
The lesson is that tragic things happen when people are singled out and demonized based on some arbitrary attribute. And I mean this to include all levels of society; at home, at work, in the judicial system, in the movie theaters.
Do me a favour and take a quiet moment to think about what I’m saying to you today.
And forever, I appreciate all your support in this crazy documentary adventure.