Parents' Guide to

Bomb Girls

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Canadian WWII factory drama has strong, empowered women.

TV Reelz Drama 2012
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Part docudrama, part soap-opera, Bomb Girls offers an entertaining interpretation of Canadian factory women's experiences during WWII, which includes doing the jobs that the men usually did, and coping with having loved ones go to war. Central to the show are the multiple issues that factory women faced at the time, including sexual harassment, poor working conditions, and the constant need to prove themselves to a society who viewed their role in the workforce as being both temporary and of limited value.

Both the factory and the cast are uber-stylized, which creates the sense that the series is offering a sanitized and somewhat glamorous version of what munitions factory work was really like in order to create a more pleasant viewing experience. It also features lots of jazz and blues performances, which are trademarks of the era. But the overall show features a group of strong, empowered female characters, and offers an important history lesson about what the war was like for the working women at home.

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