Move over bimbo Barbie! A new Marie Curie doll will teach children that anyone can be successful in science, technology, and engineering. A new line of dolls, Miss Possible, has been developed by two engineering women, Suriya Hobbs and Janna Eaves (both women are 21!). The series will include childhood dolls of pioneering women in science, engineering, and technology that will teach children (with a focus on girls), that they can follow the paths of famous women from childhood to an innovative career (news article by Aisha Sultan at St. Louis Post-Dispatch).
The first doll will be the childhood version of Marie Curie, the Nobel Prize-winning chemist and physicist whose research led to breakthroughs on radioactivity. The second in the production line would be Bessie Coleman, the first African-American female aviator and first American to hold an international pilot’s license. The third woman they’ve chosen in their doll line-up is Ada Lovelace, known as the world’s first computer programmer.
Check out the Miss Possible website at indiegogo, which includes tons of information on the doll line, as well as why there is a need for this kind of doll line. The website also has merchandise for sale and a link to contribute to make the Miss Possible doll line a reality! Do it!
While the above news article and Miss Possible website focus on the doll lines importance for inspiring girls, let’s use this opportunity to remember that 1. boys can and do play with dolls, and 2. these dolls can also teach boys that women can be successful in any field. So the Miss Possible doll line can inspire girls and boys, and teach them that anyone can be successful in STEM fields.