Rosa Parks joins the Barbie Inspiring Women range

The civil rights activist is joined by pioneering US astronaut Sally Ride in the latest wave of Mattel’s special edition dolls

Written by Rhys Thomas

Posted 27.08.2019 | Products

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American civil rights activist Rosa Parks has been reimagined as a Barbie doll as part of Mattel’s Inspiring Women collection.

Aimed at adult collectors, the range pays tribute to women who paved the way for today’s generation of girls, overcoming stereotypes and limits imposed on them because of their gender, to leave a lasting impact.

Considered the Mother of the Freedom Movement, Parks famously disobeyed racist orders to move to the back of the bus and give up her seat to white person. The gesture became an important symbol of the black rights movement in the 50s and 60s and helped set in motion the chain of events which culminated in the abolition of lawful segregation with the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Rosa Parks Barbie

The Rosa Parks doll comes complete with a 50s-inspired outfit, accessories and doll stand, along with a certificate of authenticity.

Also joining the Barbie Inspiring Women range is astronaut Sally Ride, who made history in 1983 as the first US woman astronaut in space. Embarking upon her debut spaceflight at just 32, Sally was and remains the youngest US astronaut ever.

Sally Ride Barbie

Sally’s doll faithfully recreates her 80s space suit, complete with helmet, NASA badge and earpiece.

They join other feminist icons such as iconoclastic artist Frida Kahlo and Katherine Johnson, whose calculations were critical to NASA’s successful spaceflights.

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