Barbie launches new Inspiring Women dolls

Published on: 24th February 2020

Billie Jean King, Ella Fitzgerald and Florence Nightingale will join the series.

In 2018, Barbie debuted the Inspiring Women Series, dedicated to honouring modern and historical role models who paved the way for generations of girls to dream bigger than ever before. The series has paid tribute to Amelia Earhart, Katherine Johnson, Frida Kahlo, Rosa Parks and Sally Ride, with dolls created in their likeness. This year, Barbie is continuing its commitment to showing girls more role models by introducing three new dolls. Each features authentic clothing and unique accessories, plus educational information about the honouree’s contributions to society, so girls can be inspired by their stories through play.

Lisa McKnight, SVP Barbie and global head of Dolls said: “Through our Barbie Inspiring Women Line, we are committed to shining a light on historical women who have broken boundaries by introducing their stories to a new generation of girls through play to remind them they can be anything. By highlighting these women and their stories in the format of a doll, we celebrate the impact they’ve made on history and encourage girls to chase their own dreams.”

Kristin Buhnemann, assistant director of the Florence Nightingale Museum added: “The Florence Nightingale Museum has been delighted to work with Mattel to produce a Florence Nightingale doll in Nightingale’s bicentenary year. This is a fantastic way for us to engage audiences old and new and we are thrilled that Barbie has chosen to recognise Florence as part of the Inspiring Women series in 2020. Mattel’s commitment to detail and quality throughout the process has been admirable.”

All dolls are fully articulated and include a stand and Certificate of Authenticity.
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