It’s official: Barbie is headed to the White House–and the Naval Observatory. You know, NBD. This morning, Mattel announced the release of four sets of President and Vice President dolls.
While it is a shame that the two-packs don’t use the company’s new body types, they do include variations on hair color, face shape, and skin tone, as well as two style options. The dolls’ creation is due in part to a partnership with She Should Run, which is a nonprofit organization working to dismantle the barriers to women serving in public affairs and also increase the number of women elected to public office.
In a press release, Lisa McKnight, General Manager and Senior Vice President, stated how this could’t have come at a better time:
“We see this doll set as a timely and topical platform to further the conversation around female leadership.”
Similarly, She Should Run’s co-founder and CEO, Erin Loos Cutraro, points out that the new dolls aren’t just about emphasizing the need for women in political careers, but to promote diversity:
“We believe that women of all backgrounds should have an equal shot at elected leadership positions and that our country will benefit from having a government with varied perspectives and experiences.”
I hope this encourages girls and boys everywhere that it’s not just OK for a woman to become a political leader, but a normal occurence. The dolls are now on sale for $24.99 each.
I can’t help but wonder, when are we going to finally get a Ruth Bader Ginsburg doll?