The Newest Barbie Dolls Are Inspiring for Kids and Grownups Alike — Meet Rosa Parks and Sally Ride!

Rebecca Macatee - Author

Nov. 19 2020, Updated 9:53 p.m. ET

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Barbie's Inspiring Women series launched two new dolls on August 26 for Women's Equality Day: The Rosa Parks Barbie doll and the Sally Ride Barbie doll! These collectible dolls honor the real-life Civil Rights activist and astronaut, respectively.

The Barbie Inspiring Women collection shines a light on remarkable role models to help inspire the next generation of leaders. Here's what you should know about these awesome dolls and the incredible women they represent.

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The new Barbie dolls join an impressive line of "Shero" dolls. 

The Rosa Parks and Sally Ride Barbie dolls are in good company. Other dolls in the Inspiring Women line honor painter Frida Kahlo, mathematician Katherine Johnson, and aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart

In March 2018, Barbie introduced a full "Shero" line of dolls modeled after extraordinary real-life women. This included dolls modeled after wildlife conservationist Bindi Irwin, Olympic snowboarder Chloe Kim, Polish journalist Martyna Wojciechowska, Boxing champion Nicola Adams, and Chinese prima ballerina Yuan Yuan Tan.

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Collectors are thrilled about the addition of the Rosa Parks Barbie doll.

Barbie fans and collectors took to social media to share their joy over the newly released Rosa Parks Barbie doll. Actress and comedian Yvette Nicole Brown tweeted a link to the news, adding simply, "TAKE MY MONEY!!!"

"I am TOTALLY here for the Sally Ride and Rosa Parks Barbie dolls," tweeted @EUMS_ArtClass. "It’s a great way for girls to learn about important women in history."

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The Amelia Earhart Barbie doll remains a fan favorite. 

The Amelia Earhart Barbie doll, released in 2018, remains a fan favorite. According to Mattel, "[The] Amelia Earhart doll celebrates the ground-breaking achievements, heroism, and long-lasting contribution Amelia made in aviation, and for women. Her legacy lives on and inspires others to soar in their own adventures."

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The Ava DuVernay Barbie doll is a real collector's item.

In 2015, Mattel released an Ava DuVernay Barbie doll to honor the acclaimed filmmaker and distributor. The doll, which came with a director's chair, was so popular that it sold out in minutes

All proceeds from these sales were donated to Witness and Color of Change charities. 

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The Barbie Inspiring Women dolls are more than just toys.

These dolls are designed to inspire young women and help "Close the Dream Gap" of when girls develop limiting self-beliefs. According to Mattel, many girls stop believing their gender can do or be anything starting at the age of five.

But Barbie is working hard to change that with these aspirational dolls. 

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"For 60 years, Barbie has championed girls, inspired generations to believe through make-believe, and showed them that they have choices," Lisa McKnight, general manager and senior vice president of Barbie, said in a press release

"With more than 200 careers, six runs for president, and a trip to the moon before Neil Armstrong, Barbie continues to evolve to be a modern, relevant role model for all ages."

Where can you buy the Barbie Inspiring Women dolls?

The Rosa Parks, Sally Ride, Frida Kahlo, and Katherine Johnson Barbie dolls are all available from Mattel's website. The Sally Ride doll is on sale at Target and the Rosa Parks doll is on sale at Walmart. 

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