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International Women’s Day: Barbie Strikes With 19 Dolls of Real Inspiring Women

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International Women's Day: Barbie Strikes With 19 Dolls of Real Inspiring Women

Look who decided to get on the right side of history after 58 years of gracing us with dolls that have unrealistic body, hair, and facial features expectations! It’s Barbie, y’all! After surveying 8,000 mothers that were concerned about their daughters playing with regular Barbies that in no way resemble reality in their shape or form, the company decided to release a brand new line of 19 Barbie dolls of real life inspiring women figures in celebration of International Women’s Day. 

“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,” said Lisa McKnight, senior vice president and general manager of Barbie, in a recent news release.

Each badass doll comes with its own catalogue to educate kids about why each of these women deserves to be celebrated by society and by the whole world. 

1. Chloe Kim, Snowboarding Champion 

2. Frida Kahlo, Fine Artist 

3. Patty Jenkins, Filmmaker 

4. Nicola Adams Obe, Boxing Champion 

5. Ibtihaj Muhammad, Fencing Champion

6. Bindi Irwin, Conservationist 

7. Amelia Earhart, Aviation Pioneer 

8. Hui Ruoqi, Volleyball Champion 

9. Ashley Graham, Model and Body Activist

10. Katherine Johnson, NASA Mathematician and Physicist 

 

11. Misty Copeland, Principal Ballerina 

12. Helene Darroze, World Renowned Chef 

13. Sara Gama, Soccer Player 

14. Martyna Wojciechowska, Journalist

15. Gabby Douglas, Gymnastics Champion

16. Xiaotong Guan, Actress and Philanthropist 

17. Ava Duvernay, Film Director 

18. Yuan Yuan Tan, Prima Ballerina

19. Leyla Piedayesh, Designer and Entrepreneur

My only complaint would be that a lot of these dolls need to be more accurate in regards to body shape. Some of these fantastic women have curves, while the dolls that represent them are so obviously skinny.

I know I’m an adult, but I would totally collect these! 

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Saudi Mountaineer Continues to Support her Late Friend’s Charity Work

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Saudi mountaineer Mona Shahab who climbed Mount Everest earlier this year shows her commitment to her late friend’s charity by using her Everest ascent to raise money for underprivileged children in Egypt.

If you’re familiar with Omar Samra, then you probably have heard of the heart-wrenching story of his wife Marwa Fayed who died in 2013 after complications during childbirth, leaving Samra heartbroken and alone with their kid who luckily survived.

Now, Shahab is showing her commitment to Fayed’s charitable work and vows to carry on with raising funds for the cause.

In a video she posted earlier this week, the mountaineer broke down on in tears whilst telling her story with her close friend Marwa.

“I’m doing it to help Marwa Fayed’s Toy Run give 300 children in underprivileged areas in Egypt a chance to be change agents in their communities,” Shahab says in the video.

Watch the video below, and if you’re as eager as we are to donate to the cause, click here.

 

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The Kingdom Implements End to Travel Restrictions For Women

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The Kingdom has begun implementing the previously announced changes to the laws which now allow women to travel without permission from a guardian, state news agency SPA reported on Tuesday.

“The passports and civil status departments and their branches in all regions of the kingdom have started to implement the amendments stipulated in the royal decree,” the report said, citing an interior ministry source.

The rules were announced in a royal decree earlier last month, and it gives adult women the freewill to travel and exercise more control over family matters.

“The passport department has started receiving applications for women aged 21 and above to issue or renew passports and to travel outside the kingdom without permission,” the department said on Twitter.

These sweeping landmark reforms are a part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman‘s Vision 2030 for the Kingdom that gives citizen a better quality of life. It included last year the lifting of the driving ban on women and the possibility of ending the male guardian system.

 

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Saudi Students Can Now Study Abroad Without a Permit From their Guardians

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Saudi students can now travel abroad to study overseas without a need of a permit from their guardians, this includes students under the age of 21.

All the students need to travel is a proof of their scholarship from the Ministry of Education, Saudi Arabia’s General Directorate of Passports announced on Monday

This clarification comes after a number of reforms have been announced in a royal decree last month, first giving the right for every Saudi citizen to obtain a passport, for Saudi women to travel without permission from a male guardian and now this.

The royal decree has been certainly welcomed and found to be a huge step towards attaining the 2030 vision, that ensures a better quality of life for citizens.

 

 

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