Love it or hate it, Barbie has been in almost every girl’s toy chest for the last half a century or so. Hated as they were, the extremely well put together, tiny-waisted and well-endowed plastic figures inspired no ambition or wisdom in their owners.
In recent years, there has been a lot of discussion on the pros and cons of little girls being too influenced by the unintelligent persona of her character.
There have been attempts at replacing her with more acceptable and practical versions, ones that can influence impressionable, growing girls in a better way, but none have really worked out so far.
That is about to change it seems.
The credit goes to Supriya Hobbs and Janna Eaves. When Hobbs and Eaves met at engineering program at the University of Illinois, they found themselves to be an acute minority. In a time when women make up less than 28 percent of the science and engineering workforce, it should not have been a shock, but it was to the women.
This realization inspired and propelled them to create Miss Possible- a line of dolls they hope will inspire young girls to dream big, even when they're just playing.
The Miss Possible dolls are modeled after real women who've had groundbreaking success in science, technology, space and information technology. Their first doll is Marie Curie, the Nobel Prize-winning chemist and physicist best known for her discoveries in radioactivity. She is accompanied by an app that tells girls about Curie's life and lets them do experiments and activities like making a compass, initiating a chemical reaction with simple household things like glue and magnets.
Hobbs and Eaves' plan for the second doll is Bessie Coleman, the first African-American female aviator and first American to hold an international pilot's license, while the third woman in the line-up is based off Ada Lovelace, often referred to as the prophet of the computer age.
Hobbs and Eaves plan to sell for $45 a piece. They have raised more than $18,000 on Indiegogo but are hoping for $75,000 in total, the minimum amount needed to fund an order of 5,000 dolls.