New Rosa Parks And Sally Ride Barbies Released

By Tiffini Theisen Orlando Sentinel

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Just in time for Women's Equality Day, Mattell released two new Barbies that are truly "out of this world."

Orlando Sentinel

New Rosa Parks and Sally Ride Barbies were released Monday, selling for $31 a piece on Mattel's website to honor the civil rights figure and first American woman to fly in space.

The dolls are part of the toymaker's Inspiring Women Series.

"Barbie recognizes all female role models," Mattel says on its website. "The Inspiring Women Series pays tribute to incredible heroines of their time; courageous women who took risks, changed rules and paved the way for generations of girls to dream bigger than ever before."

The Rosa Parks doll wears an elegant black pillbox hat and clutch, along with gloves, high-heeled booties, eyeglasses, and a grey 3/4 length coat over a floral printed dress.

Her description notes that the seamstress' "quiet strength played a notable role in the civil rights movement."

The Sally Ride Barbie dons a light-blue NASA flight suit and head set.

Parks died in 2005 in Detroit at age 92. Ride died in California in 2012 at age 61. ___ Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

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