Dear Barbie, I owe you an apology…
I was a little harsh with you last year. I really wasn’t that angry with the outfit, I was more bothered by your impossible body proportions. I was sad that you’re an unattainable ideal for my child and yet I’m expected to have her play princess and family and other games like that with you soon.
But then you went and got geeky, and I think I may be a little in love with you.
Yes, you’re going to be a computer engineer. I’m delighted that it was the biggest vote getter when it came to picking a new career for you. Of course, since the voting was online, it makes sense — after all, you had a lot of women online rooting for it. But it makes me proud to think that you may be joining the ranks of web savvy women.
The winner of the popular vote is Computer Engineer. Computer Engineer Barbie®, debuting in Winter 2010, inspires a new generation of girls to explore this important high-tech industry, which continues to grow and need future female leaders.
“All the girls who imagine their futures through Barbie will learn that engineers, like girls, are free to explore infinite possibilities, limited only by their imagination,” says Nora Lin, President, Society of Women Engineers. “As a computer engineer, Barbie will show girls that women can turn their ideas into realities that have a direct and positive impact on people’s everyday lives in this exciting and rewarding career.”
To create an authentic look, Barbie® designers worked closely with the Society of Women Engineers and the National Academy of Engineering to develop the wardrobe and accessories for Computer Engineer Barbie®. Wearing a binary code patterned tee and equipped with all the latest gadgets including a smart phone, Bluetooth headset, and laptop travel bag, Computer Engineer Barbie® is geek chic.
I’m actually excited to see a computer engineer Barbie, and might break my (so far untested) boycott on Barbie products over you. With a little toddler girl who already knows how to sing the first ten entries on the periodic table of elements, I consider you to be a worthwhile role model for her to aspire to as she grows up.
I understand, too, that like many Americans, you are being forced to work two jobs to make ends meet, and that you will be a news anchor as well. Best of luck in your career, Barbie, and I hope that you will be a Rachel Maddow as opposed to an anchor on one of these lists.
Enjoy your career on TV, Barbie, but be sure to sock away some money in the mean time. Once you start to show some age you might lose your screen time.
Oh, who am I kidding. You’re as likely to see a wrinkle as you are to have realistic body proportions.