Barbie now uses a wheelchair

This image shows six of Mattel’s fashion dolls released in February 2019, these included a Barbie using a wheelchair and a Barbie with a prosthetic leg. The launch took place because the company felt the need to produce a more diverse and representative Barbie. The Barbie doll has been around since 1959 and for many years she followed the pattern of a thin, blonde, straight-haired woman. Over the years, more human versions of the Barbie have emerged. 


Has Barbie’s appearance changed in recent years? In what ways?

What is the meaning that more diverse and inclusive Barbies carry for children and society in general?

What drives companies like Mattel to create more inclusive toys?

In what contexts other than toys do you see society trying to be more inclusive in recent years?

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