Toy maker Mattel announced Wednesday that it has made a Barbie doll in honor of British scientist Sarah Gilbert, who co-created the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine against COVID-19, which has had mixed success around the world but is a source of great pride. in the UK.
Sarah Gilbert, a professor of vaccinology at the University of Oxford, found the move “quite strange”, but said in a statement from the company that she hoped it would “It will inspire the next generation of young girls to work in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.”
“I hope that children who see Barbie realize how important scientific careers are in helping the world around us,” Said the man who was awarded a knighthood in June by Queen Elizabeth II for her services to public health and medical research.
Over a billion Barbie dolls have been sold worldwide since it was launched by Mattel 60 years ago. Facing criticism for the game’s superficial image, the brand has diversified its look in recent years.
“Inspiring the Next Generation”
In addition to Sarah Gilbert, she revealed five new models honoring women working in science, making it clear that she wants to “Inspire the next generation to learn from these heroes.”
These collector models, which will not be widely available for sale, represent American caregivers Amy O’Sullivan, an emergency room nurse at Wyckoff Hospital (New York), Audrey Cruz, the Las Vegas doctor who fights discrimination, as well as Canadian Dr. Chica Stacey Orewa, a scientist Brazilian biomedical research scientist Jacqueline Joyce de Jesus and Australian physician Kirby White co-create a reusable gown for nursing staff.
“Food trailblazer. Passionate troublemaker. Coffee fanatic. General analyst. Certified creator. Lifelong music expert. Alcohol specialist.”