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Happy Birthday Barbie, Sweet 50! 1959-2009 Barbie... (another shot in the notes!) | by Brooke Bettencourt
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Happy Birthday Barbie, Sweet 50! 1959-2009 Barbie... (another shot in the notes!)

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She's totally stylin tattoo barbie. It seemed way to fun not to try. So I got her and tat'ed her up. She seems sadder then I remember, but it's been, oh...15 years since I last picked up a barbie... it was fun... :o)

 

Here's some fun facts according to AARP (more in the next photo)

 

• 1959: Barbie debuts as a teenage fashion model, work she continues today through her Barbie Top Model line. Did you know? Percentage of women in the workforce then: 38. Today: 60.

 

• 1961: Ken Carson meets Barbie on a TV commercial set; the two begin dating. Did you know? Number of unmarried heterosexuals in long-term relationships then: 439,000. Today: 6.5 million.

 

• 1965: Astronaut Barbie debuts a year after NASA scuttles training for women. Did you know? In 1983 Sally Ride became the first U.S. woman in space.

 

• 1973: Nurse Barbie goes to medical school, graduates as Surgeon Barbie. Did you know? Percentage of doctors who were female in the 1970s: 10. Today: 33.

 

• 1975: Gold Medal Barbie sweeps the Olympic Games in skating, skiing and gymnastics. Did you know? Number of female athletes to compete in the 2009 Summer National Senior Games: 6,000.

 

• 1980: Barbie goes multiracial with the debut of Black Barbie, Hispanic Barbie and the International Collection. Did you know? Number of Americans who identify themselves as mixed race: 5 million, up 25% since 2000.

 

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Taken on March 8, 2009