Barbie Debuts A Rosa Parks Doll For Its Inspiring Women Series

Barbie revealed its Rosa Parks doll Monday (Aug. 26) as part of the Barbie’s Inspiring Women series. Dressed in a tweed coat, gloves and Parks’ trademark glasses, the doll is a true replica of the beloved civil rights leader.

“Rosa Louise Parks led an ordinary life as a seamstress until an extraordinary moment on December 1, 1955,” Barbie’s description of the dolls reads. “When she refused an order to give up her seat to a white passenger and move to the back of the bus, Mrs. Parks’ act of defiance became the catalyst for the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Rosa Parks’ quiet strength played a notable role in the civil rights movement, but it would still take another nine years and more struggles before the 1964 Civil Rights Act overruled existing segregation laws.”

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Courtesy of Mattel

Along with Parks, Mattel will also unveil dolls of other heroic women including artist Frida Khalo, mathematician Katherine Johnson, and pilot Amelia Earhart.

The $30 doll is available for pre-order now and is expected to be shipped in September.

The iconic doll brand has honored several women of color in the past including Academy-Award nominated director Ava DuVernay, actress Yara Shahidi, model, and activist Adwoa Aboah along with countless others.

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