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Barbie debuts doll in likeness of British Covid vaccine developer Sarah Gilbert

  • Published at 12:46 pm August 5th, 2021
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An undated handout image of a Barbie doll made in the likeness of Sarah Gilbert, the Oxford University professor who co-designed the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine Reuters

She is one of six women in the Covid-19 fight who have new Barbies modelled after them

British coronavirus vaccine developer Sarah Gilbert has many science accolades to her credit but now shares an honour with Beyonce, Marilyn Monroe and Eleanor Roosevelt: a Barbie doll in her likeness.

Gilbert, a 59-year-old professor at Oxford University and co-developer of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, is one of six women in the Covid-19 fight who have new Barbies modelled after them.

Toymaker Mattel Inc is recognizing them with a line of Barbie "role model" dolls.

Gilbert's Barbie shares her long auburn hair and oversized black glasses, and she wears a sensible navy blue pantsuit and white blouse.

"It's a very strange concept having a Barbie doll created in my likeness," Gilbert said in an interview for Mattel.

"I hope it will be part of making it more normal for girls to think about careers in science."

Among the honorees are emergency room nurse Amy O'Sullivan who treated the first Covid-19 patient at the Wycoff Hospital in Brooklyn, New York, and Audrey Cruz, the frontline doctor in Las Vegas who fought discrimination, according to Mattel.

An undated handout image of a Barbie doll made in the likeness of Sarah Gilbert, third from right, the Oxford University professor who co-designed the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, among a global lineup of women of healthcare sector honoured with a one-of-a-kind doll | ReutersOther dolls include Chika Stacy Oriuwa, a Canadian psychiatry resident at the University of Toronto who battled systemic racism in healthcare, and Brazilian biomedical researcher Jaqueline Goes de Jesus, who led sequencing of the genome of a Covid-19 variant in Brazil, the company said.

Lastly, a doll honours Kirby White, an Australian doctor who pioneered a surgical gown that can be washed and reused by frontline workers during the pandemic.

Gilbert chose the nonprofit organization WISE (Women in Science & Engineering), dedicated to inspiring girls to consider a career in STEM, to receive a financial donation from the toymaker.

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