Florence Nightingale, Ella Fitzgerald, and Billie Jean King join Barbie’s Inspiring Women Series

Florence Nightingale, Ella Fitzgerald, and Billie Jean King have been added to Mattel’s expanding Inspiring Women Series under the Barbie brand for 2020, joining the likes of Frida Kahlo, Rosa Parks, and Sally Ride in a range that pays tribute to some of history’s most inspiring role models.

Each doll in the range features authentic clothing and unique accessories, plus educational information about the honouree’s contributions to society, so girls can be inspired by their stories through play.

Billie Jean King, the former number one tennis player in the world arrives in her iconic two tone blue and white get-up, as well as her signature round frame glasses, blue tennis shoes, and Wilson racket. Ella Fitzgerald – known as the First Lady of Soul and Queen of Jazz comes with the widely recognised vintage look, while Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing wears her 19th century nurses uniform.

Lisa McKnight, SVP Barbie and global head of dolls, said: “Through our Barbie Inspiring Women Line, we are committed to shining a light on historical women who have broken boundaries by introducing their stories to a new generation of girls through play to remind them they can be anything.

“By highlighting these women and their stories in the format of a doll, we celebrate the impact they’ve made on history and encourage girls to chase their own dreams.”

Kristin Buhnemann, assistant director of the Florence Nightingale Museum, added: “The Florence Nightingale Museum has been delighted to work with Mattel to produce a Florence Nightingale doll in Nightingale’s bicentenary year. This is a fantastic way for us to engage audiences old and new and we are thrilled that Barbie has chosen to recognise Florence as part of the ‘Inspiring Women’ series in 2020, as the museum celebrates Nightingale’s inspirational achievements and global legacy with a diverse array of activities and events, including an exhibition launching on International Women’s Day.

“Mattel’s commitment to detail and quality throughout the process has been admirable and we know that Nightingale herself would have applauded such a careful and considerate approach to work, as such attributes lead to her own unrivalled success. Our small charity genuinely appreciates the support that Mattel have lent to raising the profile of Nightingale and our Museum at this very special time.”


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