4 Times Barbie Showed Us Exactly What Equality Looks Like

March 9, 2021 By Jessie Stringfield

There are not many toys that are more iconic than the Barbie doll. Children have loved playing with Barbie for decades and the same is still true today. Fortunately, Barbie has grown to be much more than the original blonde hair blue-eyed little girl’s doll. 

Today, Barbie speaks up about racial and gender equality. She has dolls for all children, regardless of gender. Barbie is using her platform to teach young kids about social injustices and is being the role model that many children might not have.

There are so many times that Barbie was woke and we are here for it.

That time when Barbie was gender-inclusive.

The new Barbie Creatable World dolls were designed “to keep labels out and invite everyone in”, the El Segundo toymaker said in a statement. Children have a variety of styles of clothing, skin tones, and hair textures and styles to choose from for their dolls. The Creatable World dolls “have much more youthful, gender-neutral bodies and anatomy so that they can look and appear more relatable,” she said.

When Barbie took a stand against ableism. 

There is now a Barbie with a prosthetic leg and one with a wheelchair. With these Barbies, kids can see that there’s “nothing wrong” with people that have physical disabilities. If kids can see a Barbie with a disability that they might recognize in real life then they will likely be more understanding of people that may look or move differently than they do.

Or how Barbie used her Youtube channel to speak up about white privilege and racial equality.

Barbie invites her black friend Nikki to speak about racism and her experience of being treated unfairly solely because she was black. Barbie used her global platform to reach out to young kids and teach them that some people are treated better or worse just because of the color of their skin and that is not right.

When Barbie released Role Model dolls of inspiring women from different backgrounds.

Children now have more than just a blonde-hair blue-eyed doll to look up to. There is a Rosa Parks doll to teach kids about the civil rights movement, dolls modeled after professional female athletes, and other famous females in their fields of journalism, mathematics, filmmaking, and the pilot just to name a few. Hopefully, young girls can look at these Barbies and see the world of possibility that is out there for them.