Barbie launches Rosa Parks doll – and people are loving it

‘Rosa Parks’ quiet strength played a notable role in the civil rights movement.’ (Picture: Mattel Inc)

Mattel has just released a brand new Barbie doll of Rosa Parks – the legendary civil rights activist.

The doll, which will be released on Women’s Equality Day, is part of Mattel’s Inspiring Women series depicting female role models and heroines of their time who took risks and paved the way for the next generation of girls.

Rosa Parks sparked the Montgomery Bus boycott in 1955 when she refused to give up her seat on the bus to a white passenger.

‘Rosa Louise Parks led an ordinary life as a seamstress until an extraordinary moment on December 1, 1955,’ reads Barbie’s description of the doll.

‘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 and Sally Ride are part of the Inspiring Women series. (Picture: Mattel Inc)

‘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 company are also releasing a doll of the astronaut Sally Ride, who was the first American woman in space and the third woman in space overall. She also set the record for the youngest American ever to enter space at 32 years old, which still has not been broken.

But not everyone is sold on the dolls.

Their aim is for girls to have healthy role models but the dolls still look like they have unrealistic body proportions (to my untrained eye at least),’ said Megha on Twitter.

But loads of the responses were really positive too, with people clamouring to buy the dolls for their little ones – or, just for themselves.

Omg. I foresee a future in which I and a bunch of my women friends all buy the Rosa Parks doll and then get together to play Barbies,’ said Amy.

They may not tick every box, but at least these dolls are a world away from dream houses and pink convertibles.

Other women in the series include artist Frida Kahlo, pilot Amelia Earhart and mathematician Katherine Johnson.

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