International Women’s Day

March 9, 2018

On March 8th, the world celebrated International Women’s Day. A day just for women? Absolutely! But why? Women make up approximately half of the world’s population and have made countless contributions to the world, yet in many parts of the world, women are not treated the same as men. International Women’s Day is a day to recognize and celebrate the impact, influence, importance, and contributions of women from around the world.

So how did one toy company celebrate International Women’s Day this year? Mattel, the toy company that makes the Barbie doll, celebrated by introducing seventeen new Barbie-like dolls into their “Inspiring Women” collection. These dolls were based on real-life female role models such as Olympic gold medalists Chloe Kim, artist Frida Kahlo, pilot Amelia Earhart, and NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson. Mattel hopes that these new additions to their “Inspiring Women” collection will do what its name suggests and be an inspiration to girls.

Barbie Global Role Models include: Vicky Martin Berrocal, Xiaotong Guan, Bindi Irwin, Sara Gama, Chloe Kim, Martyna Wojciechowska, Nicola Adams OBE, Yuan Yuan Tan, Patty Jenkins, Hélène Darroze, Hui Ruoqi, and Leyla Piedayesh (PRNewsfoto/Mattel)

How did you celebrate International Women’s Day?

Interesting fact: Countries around the world began celebrating Women’s Day in the early 1900s (the United States officially began celebrating its National Women’s day in 1909), but it wasn’t until 1975 that the United Nations officially declared March 8th International Women’s Day.

Oh, and we created a video for Women’s day. Check it out!