Kids will soon be able to learn and play with some of the most influential women in history. Today, Mattel announced a new series of Barbies called “Inspiring Women.” The first figures in the series are Frida Kahlo, Amelia Earhart and Katherine Johnson. All three women made history in different industries: Earhart was the first female aviator to fly across the Atlantic Ocean; Mexican artist Kahlo was known for her unique painting style and feminist activism; and Johnson, who was highlighted in the 2016 film “Hidden Figures,” broke boundaries for black women in mathematics and calculated dozens of trajectories for NASA, including the 1969 Apollo 11 flight to the moon.
Mattel does not have an exact date for when they will hit shelves, but said they will be mass produced and sold in stores soon.
Ahead of International Women’s Day on Thursday, Barbie’s “Shero” line is also honoring 14 modern-day role models from around the world. Un fortunately these will not be mass produced or sold in stores. That’s not to say it wont happen, some particularly popular ones have ended up in stores before.
The 14 new women Barbie is celebrating with its Shero line includes Olympic snowboarder Chloe Kim, “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins and Australian wildlife conservationist Bindi Irwin. The line already honors women including director Ava DuVernay, actress Emmy Rossum, ballerina Misty Copeland and Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas.