Barbie unveils new dolls in ‘Inspiring Women’ line

Kids everywhere are about to get some new — and some time-honored — heroes to play make-believe with and look up to.

According to HuffPost, Mattel is adding a host of dolls to their new “Inspiring Women” Barbie collection, which honors women who have made history in their respective fields and industries. This new line includes the likes of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, the first female aviator to journey across the Atlantic Ocean Amelia Earhart and boundary-breaker in science and math for NASA Katherine Johnson.

While this line of dolls does not have an anticipated release date, HuffPost says the company is also adding 14 new dolls to their existing “Shero” line, this time honoring modern women who are making a name for themselves in the United States and around the world.

Glamour reports these new inductees include: Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins; U.S. Olympic gold medal snowboarder Chloe Kim; Australian conservationist Bindi Irwin; British boxing champion Nicola Adams; Turkish windsurger Çağla Kubat; French chef Hélène Darroze; Chinese volleyball champion Hui Ruoqi; German designer and entrepreneur Leyla Piedayesh; Mexican pro-golfer Lorena Ochoa; Polish journalist Martyna Wojciechowska; Italian soccer player Sara Gama; Chinese actor and philanthropist Xiaotong Guan; Chinese prima ballerina Yuan Yuan Tan; and Spanish entrepreneur and fashion designer Vicky Martin Berrocal.

Senior Vice president and General Manager of Barbie Lisa McKnight said in a release that the dolls aim to teach girls — and all children — to reach for the stars and dream beyond what they see is presently possible, not just on International Women’s Day, but every day.

“As a brand that inspires the limitless potential in girls, Barbie will be honoring its largest line up of role models timed to International Women’s Day, because we know that you can’t be what you can’t see,” she said, according to HuffPost. “Girls have always been able to play out different roles and careers with Barbie and we are thrilled to shine a light on real life role models to remind them that they can be anything.”

Shop Barbie’s “Inspiring Women” collection here.

Gadot defends ‘Wonder Woman’ Oscar snub

When box-office smash and feminist favorite “Wonder Woman” received a grand total of zero nominations for this year’s Academy Awards, fans took to social media to vent their frustrations.

According to PopSugar, fans tweeted their frustration over the snub, with some “wondering how a critically panned movie like ‘Suicide Squad’ could get nominated and ‘Wonder Woman’ isn’t,” while others asked, “‘Did any of those a*sholes see Wonder Woman?'” But for Wonder Woman herself Gal Gadot, the film was never about trying to garner awards, anyway.

“I was very moved and touched by the people who were disappointed that Wonder Woman wasn’t nominated, but we certainly never did the movie for that,” she said during a recent interview with ET, according to PopSugar. “I think that you can’t have it all. We’ve done this movie and it was received in such an amazing, wonderful way, and we want to stay humble and grateful, and we’re going to have another movie, so who knows? Maybe the next one!”

…And that’s how you handle this situation with grace.

Jenkins to become highest paid female director

She brought you the summertime blockbluster Wonder Woman and as talks of her return to direct the sequel heating up, it looks like Patty Jenkins may be getting the recognition she so deserves.

According to IndieWire, Deadline reports that the Wonder Woman director is “very close to signing on to direct “Wonder Woman 2” for an undisclosed sum that will make her the highest paid female director in the business.” While the exact amount of her earnings has not yet been disclosed, IndieWire says it should be similar to other directors of her caliber.

As it should be — IndieWire reports that not only was Wonder Woman the biggest superhero movie of 2017, it’s popularity helped it become the third highest grossing film in Warner Brothers history following The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. As if that weren’t enough, IndieWire says the film was also “the top grossing live action film ever made by a female filmmaker.”

Congratulations, Patty!


Gadot explains importance of strong female leads

Gal Gadot knows a thing or two about being a strong woman: not only was she a combat instructor in the Israeli army, she will she be starring in the highly-anticipated Wonder Woman film set to be released in 2017. But Gadot also knows that to inspire young girls to grow up believing in their strength, you have to show them how it’s done.

According to the Huffington Post, Gadot recently spoke with Entertainment Weekly on her forthcoming Wonder Woman film, citing director Patty Jenkins as a pivotal part of telling the story of a powerful woman.

“It’s a story about a girl becoming a woman,” she said, according to the Huffington Post. “I think only a woman, who has been a girl, can be able to tell the story in the right way.”

Explaining that she felt “very privileged” to play a “curious” and “compassionate” character, the Huffington Post says that Gadot noticed Hollywood’s dearth of strong female leads because of her 4-year-old daughter, Alma.

The Huffington Post explained the incident this way:

“According to Gadot, Alma admires the bravery and strength of the prince in ‘Sleeping Beauty.’ When Gadot asked about Princess Aurora, her daughter described her as ‘weak.’

‘And I said, ‘why do you think she’s weak?’ And she said, ‘She’s sleeping the entire movie and the prince comes and kisses her and saves her. She didn’t do anything,’ Gadot said.”

Noting that there have long been male superheroes, the Huffington Post says Gadot recognizes the importance of Wonder Woman and her potential to be seen as a positive role model for girls of all ages.

Gadot said, “I feel that I’ve got the opportunity to set a great role model for girls to look up to a strong, active, compassionate, loving, positive woman and I think it’s so important.”