The New York Times
Women In Blue "reveals the limitations of police reform through incremental changes and asks — and tries to answer — questions that apply well beyond the city of Minneapolis, including whether increased gender equity and more women, particularly Black women, contribute to better public safety."
Educational Media Reviews Online | Timothy Hackman, University of Maryland
RECOMMENDED "Women in Blue makes for compelling viewing for the access it offers to women both on the front lines and in leadership positions in the police department of a major American city, and for its portrait of the turmoil within the Minneapolis Police Department in the years immediately before the murder of Mr. Floyd."
"This powerful documentary follows some of the Minneapolis Police Department’s 'women in blue' as they patrol streets, make traffic stops, interact with a woman after a non-fatal suicide attempt, and serve on committees that works against domestic abuse and sex trafficking ... This program raises questions about the role of the police in society, the need to address the underlying causes of crime, and the challenges women face in law enforcement."
"Suitable for classroom discussions on law enforcement's racist and sexist history. Recommended."
The Boston Globe
"An unflinching study of a complex situation, showing gray areas where often only black and white are seen."
"Women in Blue gives us some early clues that there was something dreadfully wrong going on in the Minneapolis Police Department."
The Aisle Seat
"Women in Blue reminds us that women officers are statistically way less likely to be involved in excessive force situations. This is a compelling look at a group of women who are dedicated to their job and transforming the department."
"Women in Blue is not only about the role of women, but the deep problem of race, all jumbled with the tremendously hard job of policing itself."
"Fishel’s doc will serve as a valuable reminder that women should be represented in leadership roles from the start."
"Deirdre Fishel’s sobering documentary follows the Minneapolis Police Department in the years leading up to George Floyd’s death."