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
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
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