Helen Keller Barbie | Source: Mattel

Helen Keller is joining the ranks of Barbie’s Inspiring Women to inspire passion, advocacy, and resilience in kids.

This renowned author, speaker, educator, and advocate was the first blind and deaf person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. She published 12 books throughout her career, traveled across the world giving motivational speeches, and was a leading member of the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB). Keller’s doll commemorates her lifetime achievements and encourages kids to lead a life of integrity and determination.

Source: Mattel

Designed for kids ages 6 and up, the Helen Keller doll sports a striped skirt and a white, ruffled lace blouse to imitate women’s fashion in the early 1900s. It also carries a book with molded braille on its cover. The displayable packaging for this doll includes braille to create easy accessibility for sighted and non-sighted fans alike.

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Barbie collaborated with the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) to ensure that the doll featured accessible elements — such as the braille book and packaging — for the blind/low-vision community. Kids can learn more about this vibrant community as they play with the Helen Keller doll.

Other dolls in the Inspiring Women collection include Billie Jean King, Ella Fitzgerald, Dr. Maya Angelou, Rosa Parks, Sally Ride, and Susan B. Anthony, among others. Since the series launched in 2018, these strong women have inspired kids to dream big and be who they want to be, in true Barbie fashion.

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Ria Malatesta

Ria Malatesta

Ria Malatesta is an editorial intern at Adventure Publishing Group. When she’s not writing for the Toy Book, the Toy Insider, or the Pop Insider, she’s scouring Marvel fandom pages and patiently awaiting new episodes of Attack on Titan. She can also be found doodling in the margins of a notebook, cheffing it up in the kitchen, or settling down with a good horror movie marathon.