Barbie Recognizes "Hidden Figures" Mathematician Katherine Johnson
Mattel To Give Hidden Figures Mathematician Katherine Johnson Her Own Barbie
You may have seen her depicted on the big screen in the movie "Hidden Figures" based on a novel, but now NASA's Katherine Johnson has her own Barbie doll.
She + Hero
Mattel has created a "Shero" initiative which is a combination of "she" and "hero". They will introduce 16 other inspiring female role models as well. This, after a poll revealed 81% of parents were worried with the lack of strong, intelligent, role models for their daughters.
Senior Vice President and general manager for the Barbie line stated, "We are thrilled to shine a light on real-life role models to remind them that they can be anything".
More Role Models
"Girls need more role models. That's why Barbie is committed to shining a light on empowering female role models in an effort to inspire more girls. Because believing they can be anything is just the beginning, actually seeing that they can makes all the difference".
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In Good Company
Included in the Barbie "Shero" campaign are a list of accomplished women. Note, none of these Barbie's will be on sale but have been given to the pioneer herself. The list includes such women as:
Patty Jenkins, director of Wonder Woman
Chloe Kim, First-generation Asian American and youngest woman to win a gold medal in snowboarding.
Bindi Irwin, wild-life conservationist
Sara Gama, Captain of the Juventus and the Italian National soccer team
Xiatong Guan, actress, philanthropist, Ambassador for "World Life Day" for Animal Welfare and Nature Conservancy.
Hélène Darroze, French chef with three restaurants and two Michelin stars.
Nicola Adams, Boxing champion and two time gold medalist, Britain's most successful female boxer.