Get ready for a new generation of Barbie dolls, made for a new generation of girls. Just in time for International Women's Day on March 8, Mattel announced the release of 17 new Barbie dolls, part of their Inspiring Women series.

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Get ready for a new generation of Barbie dolls, made for a new generation of girls. Just in time for International Women's Day on March 8, Mattel announced the release of 17 new Barbie dolls, part of their Inspiring Women series. Said Barbie's senior vice president and general manager, Lisa McKnight in a press release, "Girls have always been able to play out different roles and careers with Barbie and we are thrilled to shine a light on real-life role models to remind them that they can be anything."  The first three to be rleased are artist Frida Kahlo, aviator Amelia Earhart and NASA engineer Katherine Johnson, which will soon be available for purchase or pre-order.  

Each doll comes with information on how her inspirationa woman has impacted our society as well as a certificate of authenticity. Future dolls include Journalist Martyna Wojciechowska, Filmmaker Patty Jenkins, Prima Ballerina Yuan Yuan Tan and Ibtihaj Muhammad, Fencing Champion. Get the full list here.

Barbie has changed quite a bit over the decades since she first arrived in 1959. Now, she comes in all body types, ethnicities and styled for countries all over the world. She's no longer just all about fashion, either. Now, Barbie has dozens of prodens of professions and hobbies. Here's a bit more about the first three Inspirational Women Barbie dolls as well as some of our picks for Barbie dolls perfect for 2018.

Barbie Inspiring Women Series Amelia Earhart Doll --Amelia Mary Earhart was born in Kansas in 1897 and became  the first female aviator to ever fly across the Atlantic Ocean. The Barbie Inspiring Women Amelia Earhart doll celebrates the ground-breaking achievements, heroism, and long-lasting contributions Amelia made in aviation and for women.  

Also coming soon is the Barbie Inspiring Women Series Katherine Johnson Doll. Katherine Johnson grew up in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia and in 1953, joined a pool of women hired by NASA to work as human computers. She  calculated the trajectory of NASA’s first American-manned flight into space. The movie and book Hidden Figures were  based on her life and that of her colleagues. Now 99, she lives in Virginia. Look for the Inspiring Women Series Frida Kahlo Doll. Frida Kahlo was born in Mexico in 1907 and became a world-reknowed artistt activist, and feminist icon.  She is remembered for her bold self-portraits, works inspired by the nautre and artifacts of Mexico and her unique spirit, style  and passion.   

 

A Wrinkle in Time Mrs. Which, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Whatsit Dolls

 

“In Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time, Meg Murry embarks on an epic adventure across the universe to find her missing father. Traveling to worlds unknown as she fights against an evil force that threatens to cover the world in darkness, Meg has three celestial beings as her guides. Known as Mrs. Which, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Whatsit, these three women are powerful warriors made of stardust, each with a special role in Meg’s journey.” Get all of them here.

 

Barbie Wonder Woman,   Queen Hippolyta and Antiope Dolls

 

When an Amazon princess leaves her island home to explore the world, she becomes the greatest of its female Super Heroes—DC Comics’ Wonder Woman. Raised by powerful women like Queen Hippolyta and the warrior Antiope, Wonder Woman saves the world, one bad person at a time. Get the Barbie Wonder Woman,   Queen Hippolyta and Antiope Dolls, great role models of empowered women.

 Career Barbie

 

Barbie's a Chef, Veterinarian, Pediatrician, Soccer Player and Scientist,so she no longer has time to sit around waiting for Ken to call. She'd never do that anyway, , because she has a full life! Find just the right inspiration for your kids with the full line of Career Barbie dolls.

 

Barbie's curvy and diverse, too

 

Every Barbie fashionistas doll has his or her own look and the latest line of Barbie and Ken fashionistas dolls includes four body types, nine skin tones, 13 eye colors, 13 hairstyles and many on-trend fashions and accessories. Choose your next Barbie (or Ken)right here!  There's even one with a "man bun"!