Mattel is making a new series of Barbie called ‘Inspiring Women.” Each will come with educational information about the woman they represent. Soon, they’ll be mass produced and sold in stores for everyone to admire and worship!
This is so exciting! The first real-life role models that are being made into Barbies are ground breaking aviator Amelia Earhart, celebrated artist Frida Kahlo and boundary breaking NASA mathematician, Katherine Johnson! The likenesses are actually pretty impressive (though they balked at giving Kahlo her signature uni-brow and facial hair). Katherine Johnson (who is still with us at 99 years young) consulted on the fabrication of her Barbie, to make it as accurate as possible.
Not only that, but in celebration of International Women’s Day, Mattel is also making 14 new limited edition real life hero Barbies in their ‘Shero’ line. They will be in the image of groundbreaking women of our time like Olympic snowboarder Chloe Kim, Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins, and french chef Helene Darroze. Those are not meant for sale, but previous dolls from this line have shown up in stores before. Somebody get me a Patty Jenkins!!
Mattel is sending an excellent message with the manufacture of these dolls. As Huffington Post reported, Lisa McKnight, the senior vice president and general manager of Barbie said Tuesday, “because we know that you can’t be what you can’t see,”. That’s going to make a huge difference to girls everywhere.