In celebration of International Women's Day, Mattel will release a 17-piece Barbie collection fashioned after inspiring women. The series, aptly entitled Inspiring Women, is set to be released in two parts. For the first batch, they are zooming in on three women who have made history, including painter Frida Kahlo, pilot Amelia Earhart, and mathematician Katherine Johnson (who helped NASA get the first man on the moon). The dolls will come with a write up on their historical background and are already available for pre-order.
Meanwhile, the next release will feature 14 modern-day women icons: director and filmmaker Ava Duvernay, ballerina Misty Copeland, Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins, Olympic snowboarder Chloe Kim, chef Hélène Darroze, conservationist Bindi Irwin, journalist Martyna Wojciechowska, British boxing champ Nicola Adams, champion windsurfer ÇaÄŸla Kubat, volleyball player Hui Ruoqi, prima ballerina Yuan Tan, designer Leyla Piedayesh, golfer Lorena Ochoa, soccer player Sara Gama, actor and philanthropist Xiaotong Guan, and fashion designer Vicky Martin Berrocal.
Barbie’s senior vice president and general manager, Lisa McKnight, emphasizes on the importance of this collection. "Girls have always been able to play out different roles and careers with Barbie and we are thrilled to shine a light on real-life role models to remind them that they can be anything," she explains in a statement.
Additionally, Mattel shares, “These women come from diverse backgrounds and fields and are breaking boundaries to inspire the next generation of girls. With 81% of moms globally worried about the type of role models their daughters are exposed to, Barbie is igniting a conversation around the importance of positive role models.”
Who else is getting a piece of this collection?