It was announced today that Barbie’s newest career will be that of a Computer Engineer. Why?
“Girls who discover their futures through Barbie will learn that they – just like engineers – are free to explore infinite possibilities, and that their dreams can go as far as their imaginations take them,” said Nora Lin, President, Society of Women Engineers. “As a computer engineer, Barbie will show girls that women can design products that have an important and positive impact on people’s everyday lives, such as inventing a technology to conserve home energy or programming a newborn monitoring device.”
Barbie® designers worked with the Society of Women Engineers and the National Academy of Engineering to “ensure that accessories, clothing and packaging were realistic and representative of a real computer engineer”.
Read the full press release here. GOOOO Barbie!
It’s great Barbie’s parent company is listening to appropriate people now! They still need to make her appear more like the average woman, but I’ll take the baby-step changes as they come along. Mattel still has a long way to go!
We, scientists, need to vote for the next career! We should vote on http://icanbe.barbie.com/ in the next round.
Well, perhaps Barbie’s next career should be “citizen scientist”. However, since I’m a software engineer, I’m happy that Barbie has joined the ranks. Welcome to the computer engineering field, Barbie! Don’t forget your designer can of “Jolt!” cola.