Nalini Brings Barbie to the Forest Canopy

By October 18, 2019Media, Public Engagement
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  • Carol says:

    G’day Nalini, I’m an entomologist of Afro-Caribbean descent who volunteers in the STEM in Schools program in Canberra, Australia. My old branch manager sent me this link after I presented my old work area with a black Entomologist Barbie I made myself using a black Fashionista Barbie and an Entomologist Barbie playset last November. I had to make my own as I couldn’t get a response after contacting Barbie, Mattel and National Geographic to ask if the playsets came in other colours (blonde was the only type online). Anyway, although I was a little disappointed, my students and teachers were thrilled with their mini-Carol Barbie dolls. When I saw your article, I was happy to see Mattel is producing more diversity and STEM-inspired occupations for their Barbie dolls.

    • Carol Tobias says:

      What a great contribution to girls of all ages. I heard your story on Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me and was so pleased to know Mattel saw the opportunity. I’m sorry they did not respond to you. We are the ones working with children and see the need to open the minds of all people especially out children. There is a world out there that they don’t know about and this such a positive way to introduce your passion to them. Thank you!!!!

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  • India Carlson says:

    This is so exciting to see. I have been making my own barbies for years (Activist barbie) and I love that they chose you to model one on. I use your TED talks in my high school botany course in Seattle to have students think creatively about the intersection of science, art, and community. I’ll be buying this one as soon as a I can find it!.

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