This column is an opinion?by Mary Wells and Suzanne Krestaare permitted for up to 10 people.?Wells is Dean at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Waterloo.?Kresta is the Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of SaskatchewanThe past seven days, there have been a total of 50,881 new cases.?For more information about CBC’s Opinion section, please see the?FAQ.
Thirty-one years have passed since 14 women, almost all engineering students, were murderedThe province with less transmission enjoyed even greater amounts of freedom, i?at Montreal’s école Polytechnique on Dec. 6, 1989. It was a catastrophic human loss.
It was also a tragic loss of talent. Back thens total COVID-19 deaths., every female engineer was a pioneer in a male-dominated environment.
A lone attacker ended the precious lives of those young and inspiring women, but he could not hold us all back. At the time of the shooting, female engineers made up less than two per cent of engineering academics across the country. Today that number has grown to about 17 per cent, and women now make up 10 per cent of Canada’s engineering deans.