Barbie Introduces Upcoming Ida B. Wells Doll As Part Of Their Inspiring Women Series
Barbie is coming out with a new doll to commemorate the late, great Ida B. Wells.
The doll comes under Barbie’s Inspiring Women Series, including influential women such as NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, poet Maya Angelou, singer Ella Fitzgerald, civil rights activist Rosa Parks, etc.
The announcement was made of the dolls’ anticipated release on the Barbie brand’s official Twitter and Instagram pages. The Twitter post stated a quick review of who Ida B. Wells roles in bettering society for both Black people and women:
“#Barbie honors Ida B. Wells in the Inspiring Women series, spotlighting heroes who inspire us to dream big. Born into slavery, she was a journalist, activist & suffragist, telling the stories of injustices that Black people faced in her lifetime. At major retailers by 1/17.”
Barbie’s Instagram post reads:
“The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.
#Barbie is proud to honor the incredible Ida B. Wells as the newest role model in our Inspiring Women series, dedicated to spotlighting heroes who paved the way for generations of girls to dream big and make a difference.
Born into slavery, Ida grew to become a journalist, activist, and suffragist – bringing light to the stories of injustice that Black people faced in her lifetime, and co-founding several organizations including the NAACP.
When kids learn about heroes like Ida B. Wells, they don’t just imagine a better future – they know they have the power to make it come true. Available at major retailers by January 17th.”
Fans seem to be having mixed reviews on the soon-to-be-released doll. Some are excited about the release of a children’s toy representing a prominent Black figure such as Ida B. Wells and see the doll as a good form of representation.
Others are not fans of the doll and are more worried about the allocations of the funds received from the dolls’ sale, along with calling for more systemic results for Black oppression instead of having representation in the form of a doll.
The doll is set to release on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 17th, 2022.
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