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Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)

Queen's University Library guide gathers some key books, journals and multimedia about women in STEM

Memorial for Montreal's École Polytechnique, December 6, 1989

The Queen’s community will mark the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women on Monday, Dec. 6 with a ceremony, hosted by the Engineering Society, at the Integrated Learning Centre in Beamish-Munro Hall from 1-2 p.m.  December 6th is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

The event will also be livestreamed for those not on campus.

As part of the ceremony, 14 current Queen’s Engineering students will speak about the 14 women who were killed and express their views on why it is important to remember them.

Library Books about December 6, 1989

The Montreal Massacre

This book is a translation of essays, letters to editors, and poetry about the impact of the deaths of fourteen women engineering students, murdered by a gun-wielding man out to kill "feminists." In words both tender and scathing, its writers struggle to place the killings in their social context. Working to make the connections between personal grief and political action, the writings include a critique of the media, who for the most part reduced the tragedy to the isolated work of a "madman:" "If this is madness, never has it been so lucid...Never has madness left such a clear message."

The Montreal Massacre: A Story of Membership Categorization Analysis

This book adopts an ethnomethodological viewpoint to analyze how the murder of women by a lone gunman at the Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal was presented to the public via media publication over a two-week period in 1989. All that the public came to know and understand of the murders, the murderer, and the victims was constituted in the description and commentaries produced by the media.

Rage and Resistance: : A theological reflection on the Montreal Massacre

On December 6, 1989, a man armed with a semi-automatic rifle entered an engineering school in Montreal and murdered fourteen women before killing himself. Responses to what has come to be known as "The Montreal Massacre" varied, from the initial shock and mourning and efforts to "make sense" of the tragedy to an outpouring of writing, art, conferences, and political lobbying. This book examines, from a theological perspective, how the massacre was "taken up" by the media, experts, politicians, and a variety of individuals and groups.

December 6th: From the Montreal massacre to gun control - the inside story

On December 6, 1989, Marc Lépine walked into the École Polytechnique at the Université de Montral, ordered the men out, and then started shooting at the remaining women with a semi-automatic rifle. He killed fourteen women and wounded thirteen more. Heidi Rathjen was a student in the building at the time, and for forty-five long minutes she listened to the shots as the killer roamed the building. In the hours and days that followed, as a member of the former student council, she played a leading role in dealing with the media, helping with the funerals, and in organizing the memorial event. She did not know then that her life had been changed. Rather than continuing to grieve, she decided to do something to help prevent similar tragedies in the future. With the help of Wendy Cukier she organized the national Coalition for Gun Control. This book describes their fight to raise public awareness, gain public support, and then force not just one, but two gun-control bills through Parliament, against the workings of the million-dollar gun lobby.

The December Man (L'Homme de Décembre)

Using humour and the humdrum of everyday life, Murphy intuitively moves backwards in time to the fateful day when Jean, the only ray of hope in this working-class family, escaped the massacre... or thought he did. This searing drama on courage, heroism, and despair explores the long private shadow that public violence casts. Winner of the 2007 Governor General's Literary Award for Drama and the 2008 CAA Carol Bolt Award.

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Events of Polytechnique: Analyses and Proposals for Action

"Translation by Gisèle Landry from the original under the title "Les évènements de Polytechnique : analyses et propositions d'actions"...".

I Hate Feminists!

On December 6, 1989, a man walked into the engineering school École Polytechnique de Montreal, armed with a semi-automatic rifle and, declaring "I hate feminists," killed fourteen young women. "I Hate Feminists", originally published in French in 2009, examines the collective memory that emerged in the immediate aftermath and years following the massacre as Canadians struggled to make sense of this tragic event and understand the motivations of the killer. Exploring stories and editorials in Montreal and Toronto newspapers, texts distributed within anti-feminist "masculinist" networks, discourses about memorials in major Canadian cities and the film Polytechnique, which was released on the twentieth anniversary of the massacre, Mélissa Blais argues that feminist analyses and the killer's own statements have been set aside in favour of interpretations that absolve the killer of responsibility or even shift that blame onto women and feminists. In the end, Blais contends, the collective memory that has been constructed through various media has functioned not as a testament to violence against women but as a catalyst for anti-feminist discourse.

Multimedia Resources about December 6, 1989