Barbie Creates Role Model Dolls For International Women's Day

In honor of International Women's Day, Mattel is honoring 15 inspiring women with their own commemorative Barbie dolls.  The list of honorees includes historical figures like Frida Kahlo and Amelia Earhart, as well as modern-day trailblazers like Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins and Olympic snowboarding gold medalist Chloe Kim.

According to statements made to TIME, Mattel is looking to address the concerns of moms worried about the type of role models  their daughters are exposed to.  The idea is for the Barbie brand to ignite a conversation around  the importance of positive role models.

Here's the full rundown:

  • Patty Jenkins, director of Wonder Woman (US)
  • Chloe Kim, the youngest woman to win an Olympic snowboarding medal (US)
  • Bindi Irwin, conservationist (Australia)
  • Nicola Adams, the first woman to win an Olympic boxing title (UK)
  • Leyla Piedayesh, knitwear designer (Germany)
  • Yuan Yuan Tan, prima ballerina of the San Francisco Ballet (China)
  • Xiaotong Guan, actress (China)
  • Martyna Wojciechowska, journalist and explorer (Poland)
  • Sara Gama, soccer champion (Italy)
  •  Hélène Darroze, two Michelin-star chef (France)
  •  Hui Ruoqi, Olympic gold medalist in volleyball (China)
  •  Nicola Adams, OBE, boxing champion (UK)
  • Frida Kahlo, artist (Mexico)
  • Amelia Earhart, aviation pioneer (USA)
  • Katherine Johnson, NASA mathematician and physicist (USA)



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