Barbie honors real-life healthcare heroes and wow, more stories like this please.


If the Barbie #ThankYouHeroes initiative isn’t the epitome of our times, in the best possible way, I don’t know what is.

Barbie has added all kinds of famous role models to their collection in recent years, and now they’re honoring some global women that you may not have heard of, but are just as admirable as any Olympic athlete or famous artist.

They’ve created some very cool one-of-a-kind dolls in the likeness of six truly remarkable women including: ER nurse Amy O’Sullivan (above, left) who not only treated the first Covid-19 patient in Brooklyn, but returned to treat more after contracting a serious case of the virus herself. There’s also Dr. Jacqueline Goes de Jesus of Brazil (top right), the biomedical researcher who’s part of the team at the forefront of Covid genome sequencing.

Below is the US’s Dr. Audrey Sue Cruz with her own Barbie. She’s an Asian-American doctor based in Las Vegas who’s fighting bias and systemic racism in the healthcare system that the pandemic has laid bare. In her own Instagram post, she wrote:

With this honor, I hope to shine a light on the commitment and compassion all frontline workers exhibited over the past year and a half and every single day. I hope to represent minorities in America and encourage cultural advocacy. I hope to represent working moms who are balancing their careers while raising a family. And I hope to show all young women that they can be ANYTHING they want to be — even a physician mom and engineering grad like this girl


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