In trending news this morning, Barbie honors inspirational women with new dolls, plus a toddler meets her hero after a photo of her goes viral and Merriam-Webster adds hundreds of words to the dictionary.
First up, Barbie is celebrating International Women's Day by honoring some of the inspiring women of the past and present. This week Mattel introduced dolls in two separate series of Barbies: "Inspiring Women," based on historical figures, and new additions to its "Shero" line of dolls named for inspirational contemporary women.
Among the honorees of the brand's "Shero" program are Olympic gold medalist Chloe Kim, "Wonder Woman" director Patty Jenkins, conservationist Bindi Irwin and a host of other athletes and philanthropists from around the world. Unfortunately that line of dolls isn't up for sale, but the brand's new "Inspiring Women" line of dolls is!
That series includes three dolls honoring pioneering aviator Amelia Earhart; celebrated artist Frida Kahlo; and Katherine Johnson, the NASA mathematician who broke race and gender barriers. Those three dolls are available for pre-order now. Head to the Barbie website to place your order.
Also trending, is the story of two-year-old Parker Curry, who went viral for a photo of her captivated by a portrait of a former First Lady Michelle Obama. Her story got better this week, when Obama invited her to meet up and then the two had a dance party! Michelle Obama posted a video on Twitter of the two of them dancing to Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off."
The former first lady's message to young Parker was "keep on dreaming big" and "maybe one day I'll proudly look up at a portrait of you!"
Lastly, more than 850 words are being added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary. A few words needed updated definitions, including "dumpster fire" which is now classified as a disaster, and "unicorn" which is now defined as a startup valued at $1 billion or more.
Bitcoin lovers will recognize "cyrptocurrency" as a new word. It refers to any form of currency that only exists digitally. "Mansplain" was also added. That word is defined as explaining something to a woman in a condescending way.