May 172021

The Susan B. Anthony celebrity doll portrays her as a young social reformer and women’s rights activist.  Mattel released this doll on October 1, 2020 in it’s Inspiring Women™ Series of Barbie dolls in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote.  The doll was designed by Kelley Lindberg and retailed for $29.99.

From the box:


Susan B. Anthony

(1820 – 1906)

Barbie® recognizes all female role models. The Inspiring Women™ Series pays tribute to incredible heroines of their time; courageous women who took risks, changed rules and paved the way for generations of girls to dream bigger than ever before.

Susan B. Anthony was born in Adams, Massachusetts to a family passionate about justice and fairness for all. Based on her upbringing, it’s no surprise that Susan would grow up and one day become an advocate for equal rights. On November 5, 1872 while protesting and leading the charge for women’s voting rights, Susan B. Anthony made a defiant move. She voted in the presidential election and was arrested at her home in Rochester, NY. This bold act, coupled with Susan’s determined spirit, helped pave the way for passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920, which prevents a woman from being denied the right to vote on the basis of sex.

Girls need role models like Susan B. Anthony because imagining they can be anything is just the beginning. They can make all the difference.
Barbie® celebrates the Suffrage Centennial and the courageous women who stood for equality.


The Susan B Anthony Barbie comes wearing a flowing, floor length black rayon type dress with a white lace V color and cuffs. Around the neck is a lace scarf with a tan and white plastic cameo brooch sewn to hold it together.  The lace scarf is tacked to the front of the dress and could be separated to remove the dress completely.  The dress opens in the back with a Velcro closure.

Underneath the dress is sort of a sewn together plastic camisole/short slip which gives the doll a more hefty look than curvy body type.  It would have to be cut to be removed and it would certainly mess up the way the dress hangs without it.

On the dolls feet are a pair of black plastic calf height high heeled boots. A split up the back makes them easy to remove.

The doll comes wearing a pair of silver plastic glasses designed to resemble round wire-rims. The glasses are stitched to the hair line in front of the ears. Clipping the threads would make the glasses removable.   The rooted brown, grey, gold streaked hair is styled pulled back into a neck level twisted bun. The lips are painted pink and the eyes are blue with dark eyebrows and painted lashes.  They are very bright and expressive even under the glasses.

The doll is articulated at the neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, and knees. The knees come stiffened with cardboard tubes to keep the position stable for box display.

The doll comes with a clear plastic stand with a black base and an official Mattel Certificate of Authenticity.

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