January 8, 2022

Photos: Ida B. Wells honored by Barbie as one of its “Inspiring Women” dolls!

“Anti-lynching activist #IdaBWells has been honored by #Barbie as one of its “Inspiring Women” dolls, putting the journalist and suffragist in the company of celebrated poet #MayaAngelou and civil rights leader #RosaParks.” ~ @Moorinfo2 on Instagram.

Barbie Signature Ida B Wells doll

“71 years before Rosa Parks, Ida B. Wells refused to give up her seat on a train and was thrown off by a group of white men. She later cofounded the NAACP but was kept off the list of founders by W.E.B. Du Bois.” ~ Wikipedia

“The Barbie Inspiring Women Series pays tribute to pioneering journalist and tireless activist for racial and gender equality, Ida B. Wells.

This collectible Ida B. Wells Barbie doll wears a beautiful blue dress with lace details at the bodice, collar and waist.
A Memphis Free Speech newspaper accessory completes her look.

Ida B. Wells Barbie doll is sculpted to her likeness and features articulation for endless posing possibilities and inspired displays.” ~ Barbie

Barbie Signature Ida B Wells doll

Now we just need the USA to come through with that Harriet Tubman $20 bill that Trump so scorned. And yes: less plastic, moe eco-responsible/child-healthy toys, and more Black toymakers, too!

Barbie Signature Ida B Wells doll

“Ida B. Wells was an African American journalist, abolitionist and feminist who led an anti-lynching crusade in the United States in the 1890s. She went on to found and become integral in groups striving for African American justice.”

Barbie Signature Ida B Wells doll

“Aw, that is so cool! I love the dress and the attention to the hair texture. The hairline is strange though, and she needs stockings to be period-accurate but I think these are sacrifices that have to be made in order to mass-produce these and still have them be affordable for pretty much anyone!

I’m sure some doll enthusiasts out there will collect her and make her look even better with custom paint, hair, etc. She’s lovely.” ~ reddit comment

Barbie Signature Ida B Wells doll

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