Based on true events of the late ’20s, teenage sisters Bessie and Jo dream of faraway places while they paint glow-in-the-dark watch dials at the American Radium Factory in New Jersey. When Jo becomes ill, a larger, darker truth begins to emerge: She is not the first girl in the radium factory to become unwell. Bessie fights not only for her sister, but also for the rest of the women around her; she becomes a powerful advocate as she risks everything to stand up to the corporation that provides her family's livelihood.
Radium Girls is a celebration of everyday women finding their strength in the unlikeliest of circumstances. Lydia Dean Pilcher and Ginny Mohler co-direct a standout film that explores what it takes to piece together the small elements of wrongdoing in order to understand the scope of a larger injustice and, ultimately, fight against the system, when life's odds are stacked against you.