Mattel has just introduced the Barbie Judge Doll, the Barbie career of 2019.
"With over 200 careers since 1959, Barbie is a judge this year!" The company wrote on Twitter
. "The Barbie Judge Doll encourages girls to learn more about making decisions to change the world for the better."
The company chose a judge to be the "Career of the Year" doll after learning that only 33% of seated US judges are women, Lisa McKnight, senior vice president and global brand general manager of Barbie, said USA TODAY.
Judge Barbie is available in a variety of skin tones and hairstyles. She comes with a usual black robe and a lace collar, which looks strikingly similar to that of Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Of course, each judge Barbie is provided with a hammer and a round block "with which children can help her to call the room to make important decisions," the company said. The doll is available at Walmart, Target and Amazon for $ 1
Barbie has also partnered with GoFundMe to raise funds and "close the dream gap." The prize goes to three nonprofit organizations that support women's empowerment: she's the first to run and grow. The Dream Gap refers to studies that show that many girls believe at the age of five that what they can achieve is limited by gender.
Judge Barbie arrives after Mattel releases a series of gender puppets called "Creatable World". The line allows children to customize their doll to create a toy that is not dictated by gender norms.