On the one hand… yes, yes, by all means young girls should have an Eleanor Roosevelt doll to play with. She was (and remains) one of the greatest role models of all time.
Enter Mattel, just in time for International Women’s Day:
The figurine of the former first lady and delegate to the United Nations is the “latest historical role model to join the Inspiring Women series,” Mattel said in a Thursday statement.
“A champion of policies around civil and economic rights, Eleanor Roosevelt’s passionate advocacy was unwavering, even when faced with resistance. Earning the title ‘First Lady of the World’ for her hard work and dedication to humanitarian efforts, Eleanor Roosevelt’s perseverance redefined the role of women in politics and public life,” the statement said.
The doll hit shelves yesterday, wearing a black hat, floral dress and a pearl necklace. Just like the real Eleanor often wore.
Even in her youth, Eleanor was far from Barbie-like. She was never, ever a pretty little twig. And, honestly, I don’t think she gave a hoot about her looks, she was too busy changing the world. So wouldn’t it be nice if Mattel at LEAST TRIED to make her look like First Lady we remember? And wouldn’t it ultimately be more inspiring for young girls to see a realistic portrayal of her, instead of a generic Barbie in a dumpy dress with slightly thicker eyebrows than normal?
Just saying. This is a big miss for Barbie.
(via The Hill)