Barbie has been inspiring women for decades. The iconic doll has had almost every career imaginable, cementing her place as a true role model for all kinds of people. Now two real-life female heroes are becoming Barbie dolls, so even more people can be inspired.
American heroes Rosa Parks and Sally Ride are becoming Barbie dolls as part of Barbie’s Inspiring Women series.
Parks was a famous civil rights activist in the American South in the 1960s, pioneering the Montgomery bus boycott. Ride was the first American woman and youngest American to travel to outer space in 1983.
“These historical women broke boundaries that made the world a better place for future generations of girls,” a press release from Barbie stated.
The Inspiring Women series was introduced on International Women’s Day 2018. It includes other female icons like artist Frida Kahlo, aviator Amelia Earheart, and actress Xiaotong Guan. Each doll includes educational information about the groundbreaking woman it depicts.
Lisa McKnight, senior vice president and global head of Barbie, told HuffPost:
As a brand that is dedicated to inspiring the limitless potential in every girl, Barbie is shining a spotlight on role models, historical and modern, to show them they can be anything. Both Sally Ride and Rosa Parks are changemakers, so these dolls celebrate their achievements, while also encouraging girls to challenge the status quo.
Both dolls are available to order now. They’re clearly striking a chord with fans everywhere since pre-sales are already sold out. But, dedicated fans can be put on a waitlist to be the first to order them when they’re back in stock.
Fans are already praising the new dolls on Twitter.
TAKE MY MONEY!!! ❤️— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) August 26, 2019
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Christina Ude wrote, “What a great way to pay tribute to women throughout history who have paved the way for generations of girls to dream bigger than ever before.” Hopefully Barbie continues this empowering series with even more female icons in the future.