• Tiffany Rigby

Mattel Honors Six Women With New inspirational Barbie Doll Collection

Mattel is honoring six women of science with their new Barbie Doll Collection. The company

decided to recognize women who are working against the fight of Covid-19. One of the

honorees is British vaccinologist, Sarah Gilbert who helped lead the development of the Oxford/

AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine.




"I am passionate about inspiring the next generation of girls into STEM careers and hope that

children who see my Barbie will realize how vital careers in science are to help the world around

us," she said. "My wish is that my doll will show children careers they may not be aware of, like

a vaccinologist."


The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine co-developer has been producing and testing vaccines for

over a decade, according to her Oxford University profile. And just last month, the now widely

available vaccine set a distribution milestone of 1 billion doses.

Professor Gilbert's doll shares her hairstyle, professional wardrobe and dark-rimmed glasses.

Lately, Mattel has been celebrating influential women with their new doll collections. This

women of science collection is just one of the many new collections to come from the company thus far this year.


"Barbie recognizes that all frontline workers have made tremendous sacrifices when confronting

the pandemic and the challenges it heightened," said Lisa McKnight, senior vice president and

global head of Barbie and Dolls at Mattel. "To shine a light on their efforts, we are sharing their

stories."

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According to the toymaker, the five other honorees are U.S. health care workers Dr. Audrey Sue

Cruz and emergency room nurse Amy O'Sullivan, Canadian doctor and advocate against

systemic racism in health care Chicka Stacy Oriuwa, Brazilian biomedical researcher Dr.

Jaqueline Goes de Jesus and Australian doctor and protective gown developer Kirby White

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