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Barbie unveils dolls based on Frida Kahlo, Amelia Earhart and other historic women 👏

Teaching our daughters that they can become heroes one day too. 

Barbie unveils dolls based on Frida Kahlo, Amelia Earhart and other historic women 👏
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For a lot of little girls, Barbie is more than a toy—she’s a role model.


The doll has had almost as many careers as she’s had horrible haircuts at the hands of young stylists, but now, on International Women’s Day, the Barbie brand is blending fantasy with fact and introducing kids to some real-life historic and modern female role models.

Fourteen new honorees have been inducted into Barbie’s “Shero” line of dolls based on real, modern-day inspirational women, and Mattel is introducing a new line called the Inspiring Women series featuring historically important figures.

Aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart, artist and activist Frida Kahlo and a math legend who broke race and gender barriers at NASA, Katherine Johnson of ‘Hidden Figures’ fame, are the first three women featured in the Inspiring Women doll series.

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According to a 2018 survey by Mattel, 86% of moms surveyed are worried about the kind of role models their daughters are exposed to (at times, Barbie has been one of those). That’s why the Barbie brand is now so focused on exposing kids to the right kinds of heroes: Women who are strong, confident, and truly changed the world.

"Girls have always been able to play out different roles and careers with Barbie and we are thrilled to shine a light on real life role models to remind them that they can be anything,” Lisa McKnight, the Senior Vice President and General Manager at Barbie said in a press release.

While the Inspiring Women series is new, honoring real women with Barbies in their likeness is not. Mattel’s existing Shero line, which features modern-day figures, is also getting an update.

Previously announced Shero dolls have been modeled after Olympian Gabby Douglas, filmmaker Ava Duvernay and model Ashley Graham, and last year Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad was honored and her doll became the first hijab-wearing Barbie in history. The women being immortalized as Shero dolls today are all also making history in their own ways.

The new Shero Barbies (Mattel) 

Artists, athletes, writers and entrepreneurs are among the list of Shero series inductees:

  • American film director Patty Jenkins of "Wonder Woman" fame
  • American Olympic gold snowboarder Chloe Kim
  • Australian conservationist Bindi Irwin
  • British boxing champion Nicola Adams
  • Chinese volleyball champion Hui Ruoqi
  • Chinese actress and philanthropist Xiaotong Guan
  • Chinese ballerina Yuan Yuan Tan
  • French Michelin-starred chef Helene Darroze
  • German fashion designer Leyla Piedayesh
  • Italian soccer player Sara Gama
  • Mexican golfer Lorena Ochoa
  • Polish author and journalist Martyna Wojciechowska
  • Spanish designer and entrepreneur Vicky Martin Berrocal
  • Turkish windsurfing champion Cagla Kubat


Scrolling through the photos of women who’ve seen their likeness shrunk down to Barbie-sized, you’ll notice it’s a diverse group with diverse interests.

Whether your child is obsessed with 17-year-old snowboarder Chloe Kim or 99-year-old mathematician Katherine Johnson, there’s a doll for every interest, and, perhaps more importantly, with women of so many different backgrounds being honored, every girl can find a doll that looks like them.

On International Women’s Day it’s great to see a major toy maker sending an important message to kids: Women are role models, and there are so many different women changing the world in many different ways.

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It's hard to say who loves these more—my kids or me.

When I became a mama five years ago, I didn't put too much thought into whether my son was getting the right vitamins and minerals. From breastfeeding to steaming and pureeing his first bites of solid food, I was confident I was giving him everything to support his growth and development.

But then the toddler years—and the suddenly picky palate that accompanied them—came along. Between that challenge and two additional children in the mix… well, I knew my oldest son's eating plan was falling short in some vitamin and mineral categories.

I also knew how quickly he was growing, so I wanted to make sure he was getting the nutrients he needed (even on those days when he said "no, thank you" to any veggie I offered).

So when I discovered the new line of children's supplements from Nature's Way®, it felt like a serious weight off my chest. Thanks to supplements that support my children's musculoskeletal growth, their brain function, their immune systems, their eyes and more, I'm taken back to that simpler time when I was so confident my kids' vitamin needs were met.*

It wasn't just the variety of supplements offered by Nature's Way that won me over: As a vegetarian mama, I'm the picky one in the family when it comes to scanning labels and making sure they meet our standards. The trick is that most gummy vitamins are made with gelatin, which is not vegetarian friendly.

But just like the other offerings from Nature's Way that I've already come to know and love, the children's supplement line is held to a high standard. That means there's no high-fructose corn syrup, gelatin or common allergens to be found in the supplements. The best part? My two oldest kids ensure we never miss their daily vitamins—they are so in love with the gummy flavors, which include tropical fruit punch, lemonade and wild berry.


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Meanwhile, my pharmacist husband has different criteria when evaluating supplements, especially when it comes to those for our kids. He appreciates the variety of options from Nature's Way, which gives us the ability to rotate the vitamins based on our kids' daily needs. By keeping various children's supplements from Nature's Way on hand, I can customize a regimen to suit my kids' individual requirements.

Of course, high-quality products often come at a higher price point. But (to my immense gratitude!) that isn't the case with Nature's Way, which retails for a competitive value when compared to the other items on the shelf.

Like all mamas, my chief concern is supporting my children's health in any way I can. While I see evidence of their growth every time I pack away clothes they've outgrown, I know there is much more growth that doesn't meet the eye. That's why, for my oldest son, I like stacking the Brain Builder gummy with the Growing Bones & Muscles gummy and the Happy & Healthy Multi. My 3-year-old also enjoys getting her own mix to include the Healthy Eyes gummy. And both of my older kids are quick to request the Tummy Soothe tablet when something isn't sitting right in their stomachs.* And I'll admit it: I've tried it myself and the berry blast flavor really is tasty!

Although my current phase of motherhood may not be as "simple" as it once was, there is so much to appreciate about it—like watching my kids play and sing and create with their incredible imaginations. Along the way, I've eased up on some of my need for control, but it does help to have this range of supplements in my motherhood tool kit. So while I may not be able to convince my son to try kale, having the Nature's Way supplements on hand means I do know he's right on track.*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.


This article was sponsored by Nature's Way. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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Thankfully, you don't have to break the bank when shopping for toddler products. Here are our favorite high-quality, budget-friendly finds to help with everything from meal time to bath time for the toddler set.

Comforts Fruit Crisps Variety Pack

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If there is one thing to know about toddlers, it is this: They love snacks. Keeping a variety on hand is easy when the pack already comes that way! Plus, we sure do appreciate that freeze-dried fruit is a healthier alternative to fruit snacks.

Comforts Electrolyte Drink

Comforts electrolyte drink

Between running (or toddling!) around all day and potentially developing a pickier palate, many toddlers can use a bit of extra help with replenishing their electrolytes—especially after they've experienced a tummy bug. We suggest keeping an electrolyte drink on hand.

Comforts Training Pants

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When the time comes to start potty training, it sure helps to have some training pants on hand. If they didn't make it to the potty in time, these can help them learn their body's cues.

Comforts Nite Pants

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Even when your toddler gets the hang of using the toilet during the day, nighttime training typically takes several months longer than day-time training. In the meantime, nite pants will still help them feel like the growing, big kid they are.

Comforts Baby Lotion

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Running, jumping, playing in sand, splashing in water—the daily life of a toddler can definitely irritate their skin! Help put a protective barrier between their delicate skin and the things they come into contact with every day with nourishing lotion.

Another great tip? Shopping the Comforts line on Comfortsforbaby.com to find premium baby products for a fraction of competitors' prices—and follow along on social media to see product releases and news at @comfortsforbaby.

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Thinking they are is what's burning moms out.

A friend and I bump into each other at Target nearly every time we go. We don't pre-plan this; we must just be on the same paper towel use cycle or something. Really, I think there was a stretch where I saw her at Target five times in a row.

We've turned it into a bit of a running joke. "Yeah," I say sarcastically, "We needed paper towels so you know, I had to come to Target… for two hours of alone time."

She'll laugh and reply, "Oh yes, we were out of… um… paper clips. So here I am, shopping without the kids. Heaven!"

Now don't get me wrong. I adore my trips to Target (and based on the fullness of my cart when I leave, I am pretty sure Target adores my trips there, too).

But my little running joke with my friend is actually a big problem. Because why is the absence of paper towels the thing that prompts me to get a break? And why on earth is buying paper towels considered a break for moms?

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