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She Learns... and Plays!

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 02.10.2017 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

Mattel recently announced that Barbie would now come in three body types. The doll that comes in different skin tones will now come in different body types as well. The doll that millions of girls have played with for over 50 years was invented by a woman. Women throughout U.S. history have made significant contributions to both children's education and play. Match the woman with her accomplishment:

Barbie's New Look

Yona Zeldis McDonough | Posted 02.05.2017 | Entertainment
Yona Zeldis McDonough

Poor Barbie. The perky, plastic plaything is taking a beating. According to industry experts, Barbie's hold on today's girls is perilous at best, an...

Barbie's New Bodies: An Icon's Timely Makeover

Christopher Byrne | Posted 01.29.2017 | Business
Christopher Byrne

Whether blonde or brunette, African-American or Asian, she was always tall and thin, representing an idealized vision of pretty, to be sure, but one that was potentially limiting to girls' imaginations and certainly didn't represent the diversity today's kids see all around them. It was time, as they say, for a makeover.

Everything You Wanted to Know About Barbie But Were Afraid to Ask

Monica Edinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Monica Edinger

Dolls. These real-life avatars can charm, creep, and fascinate. Perhaps no more so than Barbie. Born in the 60s, reviled by many in the 70s, this to...

Why I Don't Hate Barbie Anymore

Dr. Susan Albers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Dr. Susan Albers

Barbie, as beautiful as she is, has had a tough life. She's not well liked by everyone. In fact, Barbie has taken a lot of heat for damaging women's body images, or at least being a symbol for it.

Barbie: Always A Bridesmaid, Never A Bride

Wendy Braitman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Wendy Braitman

Barbie will turn 50 on March 9. She has never married. Think about that for a minute. The ideal, American pin-up girl is a spinster.