February 23, 2011 § Leave a comment
Given what we know about Barbie and the unrealistic and unhealthy beauty myth she helps to sell to young girls around the world, what do the women of Tech think about Architect Barbie? While I think it is fantastic that Barbie’s career options have grown by leaps and bounds over the last decade (Barbie as a presidential candidate and as a chef come to mind), I think the folks at Mattel have a lot of work to do in terms of making Barbie the kind of doll I’d want to give to a young girl. I’m glad she’s no longer limited to being a fashion model or fashion designer (not that those careers aren’t valid ones, they just aren’t the only ones), and I am particularly excited that Barbie’s new career is one that many women didn’t have much access to until recently. As a bonus, Architect Barbie does come with a set of blueprints, a hard hat, and a house she designed- in pink, of course.
For more on Barbie’s careers since 1959 check out this Good Housekeeping piece.