Mattel Honors Rosa Parks & Sally Ride With Barbie Dolls

In an age where young girls are embracing the fact that they can be anything they want in life, even more inspiration has come thanks to Mattel.

Barbie has been an evolving figure in the child's toys arena for years. Most recently, designers have gone above and beyond by creating a less "cookie-cutter" image of the influential fictional character by mixing up her looks with some extra curves and even kinky curls. Just in time for Women's Equality Day, they've taken it a step further by creating dolls honoring real life heroes Rosa Parks and Sally Ride.

Rosa's historical activism has made her an iconic figure of fearlessness. Sally being the youngest American to fly in space speaks volumes to any little girl looking to beat the odds.

A spokesperson for Mattel told CNN:

"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."
"Women's Equality Day celebrates the hard-won achievement of women's suffrage and pays tribute to the trailblazers who paved the way for future generations."

The Inspiring Women Series of figurines began during last year's International Women's Day. Amelia Earhart, Katherine Johnson and Frida Kahlo debuted in the collection. Now, Rosa and Sally continue the tradition and became available for purchase August 26th.

Photo: Barbe Mattel site

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