Radical Woman of the Day: Lucille Teasdale-Corti

On this day in 1929 was born Lucille Teasdale-Corti, a Canadian physician who spent most of her life and career working at a small hospital in Uganda. Educated at a Catholic school in Montreal, where she also volunteered at a clinic for disadvantaged people, she early determined to become a doctor.

Winning a scholarship to the medical school at the University of Montreal, she began studying medicine in 1950, one of only eight women in her class of 110, and in 1955 became one of the first female surgeons in Quebec. After graduation, while working at the Centre hospitalier universitaire Sainte-Justine, she met Piero Corti, whom she would later marry. He invited her to accompany him to Uganda to work as a surgeon at a small clinic, where in 1961 she began operating and treating outpatients. Over the course of her time in Uganda she would perform over 13,000 operations and see the hospital grow from 40 maternity beds to 465 beds and multiple departments.

In 1962, Uganda gained independence from Britain and began to be plagued by civil unrest and war. Teasdale-Corti’s small hospital would treat many victims of the Lord’s Resistance Army and suffer itself from looting and the kidnapping of hospital staff. Throughout these difficult decades, Teasdale-Corti and her husband still managed to found a nursing school at the hospital and engage in other efforts to educate local people.

Possibly as a result of contact with one of her surgical patients, Teasdale-Corti contracted AIDS in the mid–1980s. She died 11 years later and was buried on the grounds of her hospital in Uganda.

Afghan Women’s Affairs Official Murdered

This makes twice in six months that this post has been vacated by the assassination of the woman occupying it. The Taliban is likely behind the killing.

Aren’t we currently occupying Afghanistan?

The Montreal Massacre

Thursday, December 6, was the 23rd anniversary of the Montreal Massacre, an act of terrorism perpetrated by a Canadian anti-feminist at École Polytechnique, an engineering school.

He ordered the 60 male and female students to separate by gender, forcing the men by gunpoint to leave the classroom. Only nine students remained, all female, all helplessly huddled together.

One of the nine women, Nathalie Provost, an engineering student, replied “we’re not feminist.” Bravely, she attempted to reason with Lépine, trying desperately to save herself and her fellow colleagues. We’re “just women studying engineering”, she replied, “not necessarily feminists ready to march on the streets to shout we are against men”.

Lépine shot all nine women anyway, six dying where they stood. He continued his rampage against women as he walked through the college halls, killing an additional 5 women and injuring several others before turning the gun on himself.

Kathleen Pye at Fem 2.0 commemorates the day by explaining why feminism still matters:

Sure, we’ve made improvements, but there is still much to be done, particularly in light of the following facts:

And is it any wonder, with sites like this one, that the violence goes on?

In case you didn’t click all the links, that last one is to a fansite for Marc Lépine, the terrorist responsible for the Montreal Massacre.

I’m going to go ahead and say we still need feminism.

How Team Obama Justifies the Killing of a 16-Year-Old American

It baffles me that more people—like roughly everyone—aren’t angry about this.

Four Americans, Including Libyan Ambassador, Dead in Consulate Attack

Around 50 armed men killed J. Christopher Stevens and three other U.S. citizens in an assault on the temporary U.S. Consulate in Libya. Intelligence and analysis from several separate sources suggest al-Qaeda orchestrated the attack and took advantage of an unrelated protest as cover.

Shooting at Family Research Council Headquarters in D.C.

Fortunately, no one died, and only one—a security guard doing what he was hired for—was injured.

Steve Thorngate examines the slippery slope of using “hate” to describe negative behavior.