Barbie® Inspiring Women™ Series Honors Rosa Parks and Sally Ride!

By Allen Voivod

The Inspiring Women™ Series pays tribute to incredible heroines – courageous women who paved the way for generations of girls to dream bigger than ever before. We're humbled to welcome two new role models into this important collection: Rosa Parks Barbie® Doll and Sally Ride Barbie® Doll!

On December 1, 1955, when Rosa Parks refused an order to give up her seat to a white passenger and move to the back of the bus, her act of defiance became the catalyst for the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Later hailed as "the Mother of the Modern Civil Rights Movement," Parks earned worldwide recognition and numerous awards including the prestigious Presidential Medal of Freedom and Congressional Gold Medal of Honor.

In 1977, when NASA first began recruiting women into the astronaut corps, Sally Ride was one of six women accepted out of more than 8,000 applicants. On June 18, 1983, she blasted off aboard the space shuttle Challenger to become the first American woman – and youngest American – to fly in space. Ride's adventurous nature, quest for discovery, and pioneering accomplishments inspire girls everywhere to boldly reach for the stars.

The dolls created to honor these two pioneers have each been sculpted in their likenesses of their real-life counterparts. Rosa Parks Barbie® Doll wears a floral dress under a smart wool coat. Included are glasses, gloves, a pillbox hat, and clutch accessories. Sally Ride Barbie® Doll wears a blue flight suit, modeled after Sally’s own, with Challenger and NASA insignias. She comes with a headset accessory and removable helmet with American flag and NASA logo details.

As with all Barbie® Signature Black Label® dolls, each one comes with a doll stand and Certificate of Authenticity. They'll also arrive in specially-designed packaging that tells their stories and includes a quote from each of them, too. Whether for your own collection or to share their inspiration with someone you care about, head to the online shop and get the Rosa Parks Barbie® Doll and Sally Ride Barbie® Doll today!



Rosa Parks’ Name and Image Used with Permission from The Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self-Development.

Sally Ride™ is a trademark of Tam O’Shaughnessy. NASA insignia and identifiers provided and used with permission of NASA.