New Barbie doll modeled after NASA 'hidden figure' Katherine Johnson

Desiree Steele
March 9, 2018

A Barbie doll in the likeness of British double Olympic boxing champion Nicola Adams has been unveiled ahead of International Women's Day.

The dolls are coming out in honour of International Women's Day tomorrow, Barbie has noted, and they have said on Twitter that "we are committed to shining a light on empowering female role models past and present in an effort to inspire more girls".

The new dolls came after Mattel conducted a survey of 8,000 mothers around the globe and found that 86 percent are anxious about the kind of role models to whom their daughters are exposed.

In Paris, an edit-a-thon is inviting people to create, edit or translate Wikipedia pages about women who have played a key role or who still contribute in the fields of education, science, culture and communication.

Starting in 2015, they rolled out a "Shero" collection, honoring boundary-breaking women, including 2016's Misty Copeland Firebird Barbie.

In another unsettling, could-go-either-way moment for the modern feminist movement, Mattel, the Jewish-founded company that makes Barbie dolls, will be turning inspirational women from history and today into Barbies.

The special International Women's Day line-up includes director of Wonder Woman Patty Jenkins, youngest snowboarding gold medallist Chloe Kim, Australian conservationist Bindi Irwin and Italian soccer player Sara Gama.

The "Inspiring Women" doll line has launched just in time for National Women's Day.

Your favorite feminist heroes and Bindi Irwin are going to be Barbies! She's also the first openly trans actor to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy.

The first three dolls from Barbie's newly introduced Inspiring Women doll line series are Amelia Earhart, Frida Kahlo, and Katherine Johnson. "[She] brings its message of being who and what you want to be into our ever-changing world, from inspiring the limitless potential in every girl to inspiring the limitless potential in every person".

These dolls represent women, modern sheros actually, of many interests including athletes, artists, a chef, a filmmaker, a journalist and more. The 14 modern-day role model dolls are not now available for sale just yet.

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