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Female Icons Rosa Parks and Sally Ride Get Their Very Own Barbie Dolls

The Barbie doll collection of iconic women in celebration of International Women’s Day and World Equality Day | Photo: CNN

Civil rights pioneer, Rosa Parks and astronaut Sally Ride have been honoured with Barbie dolls in celebration of Women’s Equality Day.

The American legends are now a part of Mattel’s Inspiring Women series, which also includes artist Frida Kahlo and NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson.

According to Mattel’s series, Rosa Parks’ doll honours the woman who’s been called the “mother of the modern civil rights movement” for starting the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott in Alabama. It shows a young Parks in classic 1950s style, wearing a floral dress, coat, pillbox hat, glasses and gloves.

Rosa Parks barbie doll | Photo: CNN

On the other hand, he also celebrates the first American woman- Sally Ride- to fly in space, a feat she accomplished in 1977 aboard the space shuttle Challenger. Naturally, she wears a blue flight suit and comes with a removable helmet and headset.

Sally Ride doll | Photo: CNN

Each doll comes with educational material about each woman’s contributions to society, authentic clothing and unique accessories.
Mattel’s spokesperson told CNN, both Sally Ride and Rosa Parks made the world better for future generations of girls.
“By celebrating their achievements with dolls made in their likeness, we hope girls will be inspired to pursue their dreams.”
“Women’s Equality Day celebrates the hard-won achievement of women’s suffrage and pays tribute to the trailblazers who paved the way for future generations,” Mattel’s spokesperson further stated.

According to Mattel, research has shown that starting at the age of five, many girls are less likely than boys to view their own gender as smart and begin to lose confidence in their own competence – this is coined the “Dream Gap.”

Showing girls more role models, historical and present, and telling their stories can help close that gap.

The new dolls which were made available for purchase from Monday, August 26  also includes historical role models Amelia Earhart, Katherine Johnson and Frida Kahlo in the collection.

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