/ 05 August 2021

Barbie becomes a doctor

An undated handout image of a Barbie doll made in the likeness of Sarah Gilbert (3d R), the Oxford University professor who co-designed the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, among a global lineup of women of healthcare sector honoured with a one-of-a-kind doll. University of Oxford/via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES
An undated handout image of a Barbie doll made in the likeness of Sarah Gilbert (3d R), the Oxford University professor who co-designed the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, among a global lineup of women of healthcare sector honoured with a one-of-a-kind doll. University of Oxford/via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES

Or is it the other way around? Anyway, toy giant Mattel has unveiled a new range of 6 Barbie dolls to celebrate some of the world’s brightest medical minds. Making the prestigious cut is Bendigo GP Dr Kirby White, who founded Gowns for Doctors, an initiative to create reusable gowns for frontline workers. The project, which has produced more than 5,000 gowns over the past year, also saw White named Victoria’s Local Hero in this year’s Australian of the Year Awards. Others who have been dolled up are British Professor Dame Sarah Gilbert (of AstraZeneca vaccine fame), Brazilian biomedical researcher Jaqueline Goes de Jesus, American frontline workers Amy O’Sullivan and Audrey Cruz, and Canadian physician Chika Stacy Oriuwa. The proceeds will be donated to organisations that support girls considering a career in STEM. That stands for science, technology, engineering and maths…

Image source: University of Cambridge

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