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Because They Were Women
The Montreal Massacre
By (author): Josée Boileau Translated by: Chantal Bilodeau
9781772601428 Paperback, Trade, Adhesive bound English, Translated from: French General Trade SOCIAL SCIENCE / Feminism & Feminist Theory Montreal Nov 10, 2020
$24.95 CAD
Active 7.5 x 9.38 x 0.5 in | 630 gr 308 pages Original and historical photographs Second Story Press
Fourteen young women, murdered because they were women, are memorialized in this definitive account of the tragic day that forced a reckoning with violence against women in our culture. The victims of what became known as the “Montreal Massacre” are remembered, their lives cut short on December 6, 1989 when a man entered École Polytechnique and systematically shot every young woman he encountered. The killer was motivated by a misogyny whose roots go far beyond one man and one day. This book examines how December 6 precipitated an entire cultural shift in thinking around gender-based violence.

- A pointed cultural examination and a personal tribute to the twelve young women who’s lives were lost thirty years ago to a murderous rampage by a man who targeted them simply because they were women. - Released in French on the 30th anniversary of the massacre, this fall’s publication of the English book will mark 31 years since the tragedy. - Examines what the murder of these young women means in the larger context of history and feminism. - Josée Boileau was assigned to cover the murders in her first weeks working as a young reporter in Montreal for the French-language paper Le Devoir, for which she would go on to become Editor in Chief. - Includes a Preface written by Catherine Bergeron, the sister of one of the murder victims who has gone on to be an activist against violence against women and a victim’s advocate.

Josée Boileau, author of Because They Were Women, has been a journalist for more than thirty years, many of those for Quebec’s Le Devoir newspaper, where she became Editor in Chief. Today, she is a current affairs commentator for CBC/Radio Canada and Chatelaine, and a book columnist for Journal de Montréal. She has received a number of honors, including the Hélène-Pednault prize in recognition of her feminist activism. She lives in Montreal.

- A pointed cultural examination and a personal tribute to the twelve young women who’s lives were lost thirty years ago to a murderous rampage by a man who targeted them simply because they were women.
- Released in French on the 30th anniversary of the massacre, this fall’s publication of the English book will mark 31 years since the tragedy.
- Examines what the murder of these young women means in the larger context of history and feminism.
- Josée Boileau was assigned to cover the murders in her first weeks working as a young reporter in Montreal for the French-language paper Le Devoir, for which she would go on to become Editor in Chief.
- Includes a Preface written by Catherine Bergeron, the sister of one of the murder victims who has gone on to be an activist against violence against women and a victim’s advocate.
- Extensive ARC mailing, advance e-galleys
- Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences
- Promotion to US media (including advance e-galleys) including Feminist and women-centred media



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“Boileau’s approach has the double effect of humanizing that list of names and ages we associate with December 6 and making the reader feel the loss of these young women and their futures all the more keenly.”

- Anne Thériault, December 2020

Ce jour-là’s English publication is important, sharing the mourning across the two colonial language communities, and sharing some sense of agency as well. - Katia Grubisic, Montreal Review of Books

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