International Women’s Day is on Thursday, March 8, and Mattel is celebrating the occasion by releasing the Inspiring Women Barbie doll line and revealing the latest role models from their Shero program. Via Huffington Post, the Inspiring Women series means kids and Barbie fans of all ages can bring home dolls based on historical figures. The first three dolls are Amelia Earhart, Katherine Johnson, and Frida Kahlo.
These women all made significant contributions to the world in their respective fields of aviation, mathematics, and the arts. And while these designs are perhaps more suited for collectors, imagine how a young child could be influenced by receiving a doll based on Katherine Johnson and learning about her valuable work with NASA and the role she played in getting Americans into space. The entire series is available for pre-order now and will ship in mid-April.
Can't express how totally mind blowing and delightful it is to have your childhood favorite resemble you!! Thank you @Barbie, for this incredible honor, and for celebrating all kinds of women, everywhere. What a great way to inspire the girls of tomorrow! pic.twitter.com/X5FteJQltn
— Patty Jenkins (@PattyJenks) March 6, 2018
And to continue the rad female role models trend, the Barbie brand has also revealed additions to their Shero program. These dolls are made to honor the recipients with one-of-a-kind collectibles, so they’re not available for purchase. It’s too bad; Patty Jenkins is in the line-up, and I would love to be able to stand her alongside a Wonder Woman Barbie. Some other Shero dolls include history makers such as snowboarding champion Chloe Kim, conservationist Bindi Irwin, and journalist Martyna Wojciechowska.
Which of the Inspiring Women would you like to bring home?
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