Dr. Maya Angelou’s incredible legacy will inspire a generation of girls.
For Black History Month, Barbie is introducing a doll that honors Dr. Maya Angelou, the renowned author and activist who used her voice and unique writing style to connect with people and inspire generations. The doll is the newest in the company’s Inspiring Women Series.
Barbie’s Inspiring Women Series has paid tribute to a diverse lineup of women including Amelia Earhart, Katherine Johnson, Frida Kahlo, Rosa Parks, Sally Ride, Billie Jean King, Ella Fitzgerald, Florence Nightingale, and Susan B. Anthony—all of whom made history by making the world a better place for future generations of girls.
Barbie’s rendering of the young Dr. Angelou features her warm, gap-toothed smile. The doll wears a floral print head wrap and floor-length dress and gold jewelry adorns her arms. She also holds a miniature replica of the book I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.
As part of Barbie’s 2020 commitment to the Black community, the brand has pledged to spotlight more Black role models. Going forward, the company plans to create more Black, Indigenous, and women of color dolls. Children’s early childhood experiences shape what they imagine to be possible, so it’s important that all girls see themselves reflected in the toys they play with.
Diversity and inclusion must be the foundation of all that we do. Barbie’s stance is that the company will continue to stand united in the fight against racism and dedicate resources to directly impact the Black community, such as funding through the Dream Gap Project Fund, which helps remove barriers that prevent the next generation from reaching their full potential.