This November, Barbie is recognizing Wilma Mankiller as the newest addition to the Barbie Inspiring Women series in advance of her birthday (November 18).
Wilma was the first female Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation and a fierce advocate for social justice. As a social worker who dedicated herself to empowering indigenous communities, Wilma worked hard to make the world brighter for future generations, earning the prestigious Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1998.
As Principal Chief, Wilma revitalized the Nations tribal government, and advocated relentlessly for improved healthcare, and housing services. Under her 10 year leadership, infant mortality declined, and educational achievement rose in the Cherokee Nation – whose population more than doubled, from 68,000 to 170,000 during her tenure.
Barbie worked closely with Wilma Mankiller’s family and friends, including Wilma’s former husband Charlie Soap and friend Kristina Kiehl, as well as Wilma Mankiller’s Estate and the Cherokee Nation, to sculpt a doll in proper reflection of her likeness.
Barbie Inspiring Women Principal Chief Wilma Mankiller Doll
- This Barbie Inspiring Women doll honors Wilma Mankiller, a tireless advocate for social justice and the first female Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation.
- Wilma Mankiller Barbie doll wears a richly pigmented turquoise dress with ribbon striping that represents the four directions: north, south, east and west.
- The doll’s look takes inspiration from an iconic photograph of Wilma, right down to the woven basket that she holds.
- Wilma dedicated her life to advocacy and worked hard to make the world brighter for future generations, earning the prestigious Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1998.
- The Wilma Mankiller Barbie Inspiring Women doll comes in displayable packaging, making her a memorable gift for collectors and children ages 6 years old and up.
Available – January 2024
Retail – $34.99