Barbie Debuts Rosa Parks Doll
Mattel announced this week that Civil Rights activist and Alabamian Rosa Parks is the latest iconic woman to garner a doll in her likeness as part of Barbie’s Inspiring Women series.
Mattel launched the series in 2018 and features dolls based on women who have played significant roles in history and served as female role models and heroines of their time who took risks and paved the way for the next generation of girls and women. The series includes Frida Kahlo, Amelia Earhart and Katherine Johnson.
“When she refused an order to give up her seat to a white passenger and move to the back of the bus, Mrs. Parks’ act of defiance became the catalyst for the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Rosa Parks’ quiet strength played a notable role in the civil rights movement, but it would still take another nine years and more struggles before the 1964 Civil Rights Act overruled existing segregation laws.”
The doll, which is priced at $30.00, is available for pre-order online now. It is expected to ship in early September.