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  • Start Your Christmas Gift List! This Barbie Inspires Your Girl to Conquer the Courtroom

    The brand's Career of the Year doll is a judge.
    by Kitty Elicay .
Start Your Christmas Gift List! This Barbie Inspires Your Girl to Conquer the Courtroom
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  • Barbie is making sure that girls can grow up anything they want to be. Less than two weeks ago, Mattel revealed its line of customizable gender-neutral dolls. Now, it’s unveiling another must-have doll that is part of their Barbie Career of the Year collection: Judge Barbie.

    The doll is part of the brand’s initiative to help little girls see themselves in careers underrepresented by women According to Barbie’s press release, Judge Barbie hopes to “inspire girls to explore judicial careers with the hopes that one day they will sit on the bench and make important decisions that can change the world for the better.”  In 2018, Barbie’s Career of the Year doll was Robotics Engineer Barbie.

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    The launch of the doll also coincides with the International Day of the Girl on October 11 and the first anniversary of Barbie’s Dream Gap Project, which aims to give girls the resources and support they need to “continue to believe that they can be anything.” Research shows that starting at age five, young girls develop self-limiting beliefs. They think that men are smarter and more talented than women and that they are not as capable as their male counterparts. This belief also stops them from pursuing careers in fields like math and physics, causing gender gaps in "many prestigious occupations."

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    Barbie calls this the “Dream Gap," and they aim to close this gap by creating avenues for young girls to explore their potential and show them that they can be whoever and whatever they want to be. Their career dolls are just one of the collections that highlight this movement. In 2018, they also updated their "Shero" collection, with 14 dolls inspired by women "who have broken boundaries in their chosen field."

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    Judge Barbie comes in a variety of different skin tones and hairstyles and comes with a black robe and a lacy collar. It also comes with a gavel and block so kids can explore different stories through pretend play. If your child is decisive, likes to keep things fair, and if she’s intrigued by the law, this doll would make a great Christmas gift for her!

    Other interesting Barbie career dolls include being an astronaut, wildlife conservationist, astrophysicist, veterinarian, builder, beekeeper, teacher, and many more.

    There is no word yet on when Mattel will bring Judge Barbie in the country, but for now, you can order them online.

    “Barbie has had over 200 careers,” Global head of Barbie Lisa McKnight told USA Today. “We like to say, ‘There isn’t a plastic ceiling that Barbie hasn’t broken.’”

    Boys can play with dolls, too! Click here for the different benefits playing with dolls bring both boys and girls.

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