A trailblazing film director. A snowboarding champion. A pioneering mathematician for NASA. Barbie marked International Women’s Day by honoring inspiring women of the present and the past.
The brand announced on Tuesday — just before International Women’s Day on March 8 — that it has chosen 17 modern-day and historic role models to honor with a one-of-a-kind doll in their likeness.
The 14 new honorees of the brand’s “Shero” line include 17-year-old Chloe Kim, an American who won an Olympic gold medal in snowboarding last month; Bindi Irwin, the Australian conservationist; Patty Jenkins, director of “Wonder Woman”; British boxer Nicola Adams; Chinese volleyball player Hui Ruoqi; Mexican golfer Lorena Ochoa; and Italian soccer player Sara Gama.
The new “Inspiring Women” series honors pioneering aviator Amelia Earhart; celebrated artist Frida Kahlo; and Katherine Johnson, the NASA mathematician who broke race and gender barriers. Johnson, who is now 99, was featured in the recent movie “Hidden Figures.” The historic dolls, which are sold in stores, come with information about the contributions each made to society.