The Evolution of Barbie: A Marker for Women’s History

Feature dolls from Barbie’s Inspiring Women collection. Left to right: Amelia Earhart, Frida Khalo, Katherine Johnson. Different mediums have long been used to inform on the past. Music has shown the shifting political climate of different decades, movies have...

Dolls

I wrote about doll houses in my last post, and thought it was only right that I spent a bit of time on dolls themselves. I have decided not to focus on the use of dolls in rituals or as collectibles, but rather their use as playthings for children throughout history,...

The changing face of Barbie

When I was a little girl I must have had about 50 Barbies. I had a Barbie house, a caravan, a car and a wardrobe for them better than my own. I could easily spend the whole day playing with my Barbies – I am certain that it helped improve my imagination! But, when I...

In a Barbie World… Anything is Possible

Mattel’s new Barbie doll advert that landed on UK TV screens recently has already whipped up an intense media storm. Supporters of the advert have praised Mattel (Barbie’s creators) for tackling issues of workplace gender inequality that have been high on the...

SuperHero Girls

As a girl growing up with two older brothers, from a young age I was more interested in the typical ‘boys toys’ than the typical ‘girls toys’. Being surrounded by cars, trucks, action man figures etc., I naturally gravitated towards these toys rather than baby...

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