By Allen Voivod
The 11th honoree in the Barbie® Inspiring Women™ doll series pays tribute to the longest serving First Lady of the United States, who was also a UN Spokesperson and a human rights activist. It's Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, an incredible heroine of her time who redefined the role of women in politics and public life.
The Barbie® Inspiring Women™ series, which began in 2018, celebrates courageous women who took risks, changed rules, and paved the way for generations of girls to dream bigger than ever before. (Dolls for some of the previous honorees are still available in the online shop.) In transforming the role of First Lady and by working tirelessly to advance human rights, Roosevelt made an incredible impact on the world. It's our honor and privilege to commemorate her contributions with this doll.
A champion of policies around civil and economic rights, Roosevelt's passionate advocacy was unwavering, even when faced with resistance. Her perseverance earned her the title “First Lady of the World,” in recognition of her hard work and dedication to humanitarian efforts.
The Barbie® Inspiring Women™ Eleanor Roosevelt Doll wears a dress featuring a beautiful Iris print and pearlescent button details. Stockings, a hat, and a double strand “pearl” necklace complete her classic look. This collectible doll features a facial sculpt in her likeness, the "Curvy Collector" body type, and an articulated doll body for endless posing possibilities.
"Through my research, I got a sense of her style within the context of the 1930s and 40s, when she was First Lady of the United States," says Barbie® Signature's Carlyle Nuera, who designed the doll. "She wasn’t afraid of a bold print, which I think is reflective of the bold advocacy she had for the rights of different marginalized groups like Asian Americans, Black Americans, and women. And also in my research, I found that there's a type of iris named after her, a beautiful deep purple iris, which is what inspired the print on her dress."
The Eleanor Roosevelt Doll will arrive in specially designed packaging for beautiful display. If you want to take her out and use the included doll stand, you'll no doubt appreciate the frustration-free, easy-to-open packaging, which is also 100% recyclable. As with all Barbie® Signature dolls, she also comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.
The doll is part of our Black Label® series of dolls and will retail for $29.99 in the online shop. When she debuts, there will be a limit of two (2) dolls per person, so as many Barbie® and Inspiring Women™ series fans as possible can add her to their collections. (This limit is subject to change at a later date.) Our previous Inspiring Women™ doll, of Dr. Maya Angelou, sold out quickly, so don't miss your opportunity to get our latest honoree!
We need more role models like Eleanor Roosevelt, because imagining you can be anything is just the beginning. Actually seeing that you can makes all the difference! So play a role in possibility for someone special – or give yourself a little inspiration! – and get the Barbie® Inspiring Women™ Eleanor Roosevelt Doll today.