Barbie is expanding their Inspiring Women series and this time, it’s all about Rosa Parks!
The civil rights icon will be honored with a doll of her own this year, featuring the iconic clothes one thinks of when picturing Rosa Parks, including her pillbox hat, wire rimmed glasses, and wool coat.
According to Mattel, “The Inspiring Women™ Series pays tribute to incredible heroines of their time; courageous women who took risks, changed rules and paved the way for generations of girls to dream bigger than ever before.”
Prior “Barbie Inspiring Women” honorees have included Frida Kahlo, Amelia Earhart and Katherine Johnson, the NASA mathematician featured in Hidden Figures. The Rosa Parks doll joins other dolls modeled after women who took risks and paved the way for future generations:
Rosa Louise Parks worked as a seamstress and dedicated activist leading up to December 1, 1955. 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 segregations laws. Hailed as “the Mother of the Modern Civil Rights Movement,” Rosa Parks earned worldwide recognition and numerous awards including the prestigious Presidential Medal of Freedom and Congressional Gold Medal of Honor.
This doll series is an awesome way to introduce important historical figures to your children or as a collectible set. The Rosa Parks Barbie® Inspiring Women™ Doll is available at Walmart for around $19.99. You can order one here.