Civil Rights Icon Ida B. Wells commemorates with a Barbie doll

Famous black journalist and activist Ida B. Wells is the latest female historical icon who has been immortalized as a Barbie doll.

Mattel’s Barbie brand announced that Wells was the latest addition to its Inspiring Women series, which focuses on role models who paved the way for generations of girls.

“When children learn about heroes like Ida B. Wells, they do not just imagine a better future – they know they have the power to make it a reality,” the company said.

Wells, born into slavery during the Civil War, fought racism, sexism and violence in his work as a prominent journalist who exposed injustices against black people in the South in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. She led an anti-lynching movement, traveled nationwide and abroad to expose practices of high personal risk, and continued to participate in the founding of the NAACP.

Other Barbiers in the collection have included Maya Angelou, Florence Nightingale, Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, Billie Jean King and Ella Fitzgerald.


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