Barbie is adding a whole new group of historic women to her friend’s list! The iconic toy brand Mattel recently announced that both astronaut Sally Ride and civil right activist Rosa Parks would be receiving their very own Barbie dolls, as part of the brand’s Inspiring Women Series.
Rosa Parks is known as the Mother of the Modern Civil Rights Movement, who famously refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger in December 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama. She was arrested for civil disobedience and worked as the secretary of the Montgomery chapter of the NAACP, who felt she would be a good candidate to go against the city in court for the bus incident. She passed away in 2005 in Detroit.
Sally Ride was the first American woman in space and the third women ever, in addition to being the youngest astronaut in space at the age of 32. She flew on two missions on the orbiter Challenger in 1983 and 1984, and spent nearly 400 hours in space overall.
Both the Rosa Parks and Sally Ride dolls come with authentic clothing and accessories, such as a blue flight suit with NASA patches for Ride and a white communications headset, her signature curly hair, and her astronaut helmet under one arm. Parks is wearing a black trenchcoat and a patterned dress, with white gloves, a black hat and glasses.
In addition to their outfits, each doll will include educational material about each woman’s contributions to society in the packaging. A spokesperson for Mattel revealed the reason for creating the women as dolls. “Both Sally Ride and Rosa Parks made the world better for future generations of girls. By celebrating their achievements with dolls made in their likeness, we hope girls will be inspired to pursue their dreams.”
Both the Sally Ride and Rosa Parks dolls have been available for purchase since August 26, both online and in stores across the country.