Violence Against Women Day

December 6, 1989, was the day female engineering students at the Ecole Polytechnique were massacred in what is called The Montreal Massacre.  Marc Lepine had a rifle and a knife. He injured twenty-eight; fourteen were killed.  Today is a day of remembrance, not just for those women but for all women who have suffered violence.  In Winnipeg, we mourn the missing Indigenous women.  But every day, women are abused.  It is the time we stood up and demand that the abuse whether it is physical or mental or both STOP.  No more misogyny.  No more sexist jokes.  No more harassment.  Women are intelligent and passionate.  We do not need to do favours for men who have the power to succeed.

Author: maryannsteggles

I am a Professor at the School of Art, University of Manitoba where I teach art history and studio ceramics. My current research is on the history of Canadian wood firing, the marginalization of women within ceramics, and the impact of Vietnam era migrants on the history of Canadian ceramics. You can reach me at my e-mail address: maryann.steggles@umanitoba.ca

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