She notes the news of Barbie being banned in Iran, and while she makes it clear she has no love for Iran’s policies, she suggests that we could do a better job of providing role models to our girls than the classic Barbie. Some of her suggestions for Barbie dolls that send the right message:
- Tina Brown (controversial at times, but successful in her chosen field)
- Maya Angelou
- Margaret Mead (posterity has not been kind to her, but she was a trailblazer)
- Sally K. Ride (the first woman in space? absolutely!)
- Nancy Lopez
and last but certainly not least
- Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church
There has been plenty of press about the “princess syndrome” in today’s young girls, and as one who, as I have said before, was raised by feminists in the 1970’s at Pitzer College, I think this is a marvelous idea.
Somehow, though, I think that Mattel is not likely to buy into this.