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Radium Girls Review

Change does not happen from nothing. It requires the will to see it happen and the bravery to stand up against those who would prevent such change.

Radium Girls premiered in 2018. Based on a true story, it takes place in the 1920’s. Sisters Bessie (Joey King) and Josephine (Abby Quinn) are employed by American Radium (based on the real company U.S. Radium Corp). Their job is to paint watches and military dials with radium. In order to paint within the miniscule lines, they had to wet the brushes with their lips. When Josephine starts to get sick, Bessie starts to put two and two together. But when the company starts to push back, she realizes that getting justice is easier said than done.

The narrative is the classic underdog/working class vs. the big bad men who keep them down. Though the story is in the same genre as Iron Jawed Angels, Norma Rae, and Suffragette, I didn’t getting the same “yes I can” rush that I usually get with these kind of films.

Do I recommend it? Maybe.

Radium Girls is available for streaming on Netflix.

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Throwback Thursday-Norma Rae (1979)

Standing up for yourself and what you believe in is never easy.  Especially when standing up for yourself means that you might not be able to put food on the table.

In Norma Rae (1979), the title character, played by Sally Field works in a factory. As a single mother, her job is the only income that allows her to take care of her kids. But the working conditions are intolerable.  A union would provide the workers with the job and the protections that other employees take for granted. But forming a union is dangerous. Does Norma have the courage to form the union or will she meekly go on with her work?

I saw this movie years ago, but it has stayed with me since then. Sometimes in life, we have to take a risk, even if we know what the end result will be if we fail.  After 36 years, this movie continues to be an inspiration for anyone who dares to stand up against injustice.

I recommend it.

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