Theresa Vince was murdered by her boss at Sears the day before she was to retire; a year and a half earlier she had made a harassment complaint against him. Her family and members of her hometown of Chatham, Ontario, responded to the tragedy with a memorial bench and garden in Theresa’s name and an annual protest where "burly men in work clothes shed tears and sported buttons featuring purple ribbons that linked memory with change—“In Memory of Theresa Vince–Stop Sexual Harassment”—while standing shoulder to shoulder with feminist activists and family members who embraced publicly in heartfelt mutual support."
Many demands for better laws concerning harassment in the workplace have since been drafted in her name. In September, 2005, her memorial bench vanished and has not been found.
May her memory live on here and in the many efforts people have made to improve working conditions for women.
Quote from "Remembering Women Murdered by Men" by the Cultural Memory Group