January 27, 2010
By Lisa Copeland
The Power of Pink has taken on a completely new meaning to me as of today.
My friend and founder of The White House Project, Marie Wilson, was just named one of the “10 women to watch in 2010“. What an honor! Marie has had an incredible life and career. She founded the “Take Your Daughter To Work Day” program, The White House Project and has the ear of the most powerful women in the Nation. Her message is strong, and her resolve to see women in the white house is UNwavering. She is a personal hero of mine!
What is the most shocking to me is who made this nomination. None other than Barbie herself! Let me explain. Mattel has launched a campaign to celebrate the 125-year anniversary of Barbie (Wow, she still looks pretty good!) Part of this monumental campaign is to decide what Barbie’s next career is going to be. You can VOTE HERE yourself!
Now, when I grew up I had more Barbies than most girls; I love Barbie. I fundamentally understand the reason for this campaign. I have to wonder, does Barbie have more appeal to young girls than the Lindsey Lohan? I hope so! Barbie has staying power, Barbie has a job, Barbie has never been to rehab and Barbie only has one boyfriend!
I called a friend of mine to tell her about the “Barbie campaign” and to encourage her to vote. She asked me” Are you just a little jealous that Barbie didn’t think YOU were one of the 10 women to watch in 2010?” We had a good laugh, then tried to figure out who in today’s world of reality TV and pop culture could be a better role model for young women.(For the record I would have given my first very valuable, vintage Barbie and pink Barbie corvette to make the list). Sad to say from a celebrity stand point we could not think of any. I truly admire the amazing women who have earned to right to be called the” top 10 women to watch in 2010″. I am telling the story to keep it at the forefront of our minds that as women, we still have a long way to go. We must be constantly looking for role models that can uphold the values that we want to instill in our young women.