Women in Blue

Women in Blue

February 08, 2021


Deirdre Fishel

Female officers in the Minneapolis Police Department fight for gender equity and police reform from the inside.


About the Documentary

With the national conversation around police reform still resonating loudly around the country, Women in Blue shines a spotlight on the women within the Minneapolis Police Department working to reform it from the inside by fighting for gender equity. Filmed from 2017 to 2020, the documentary focuses on MPD’s first female and openly gay police chief, Janée Harteau, and three of the women in her department as they each try to redefine what it means to protect and serve.  

Women in Blue follows Harteau’s uphill battle to reform her department as the city of Minneapolis, long before an MPD officer killed George Floyd in May of 2020, grapples with a troubled history of police misconduct and racism. Her efforts involve getting rid of corrupt police officers, re-training the rest, diversifying the ranks, and, crucially: recruiting more women and promoting them into leadership at every level. The film also follows three of these women from different ranks, each committed to reimagining their profession.

The Filmmakers

Deirdre Fishel

Deirdre Fishel's films have premiered in competition at Sundance and SXSW and been broadcast in 35 countries worldwide. Her documentary Still Doing It: The Intimate Lives of Women Over 65 was also expanded into a book co-written with producer Diana Holtzberg. Recent projects include a web documentary Suicide On Campus, produced in conjunction with The New York Times Magazine. Deirdre was a directing fellow at the American Film Institute and is an Associate Professor of Media & Communication Arts at The City College of New York.

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Join the Discussion

Do you think the women police officers in this film are doing the right thing in how they're trying to police differently? Could they be doing more to "police the police"? Was there anything that shocked you in Women in Blue?