In the article, “Ida B. Wells Barbie” (Upfront) I learned that Ida B. Wells was a former enslaved individual who later transformed into an educator, news paper editor, and a civil rights activist in Memphis Tennessee. Ida was one of the founders of several important civil rights organizations, including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). The Ida B. Wells Barbie is the newest version of the popular doll in the Inspiring Women Series along with Helen Keller, Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks and more. The doll wears a dark blue, floor-length dress and comes with a miniature copy of the Memphis Free Speech.
I think that adding this doll to the collection is an excellent idea because it stands as an inspiring reminder that there are people specifically women who are doing their part to change the world for the better. The entire doll collection as a whole is very motivating and empowering to women because it shows we are capable of doing way more than we give ourselves credit for. The more the doll collection grows the more we realize that there are women fighting still not only for themselves but for others and their rights.
Who do you think should be the next addition to the doll series?