Today marks the 50th birthday of Barbie, who first appeared at the American International Toy Fair on this date in 1959. Always eager to be up to date on the latest pop culture trends or anniversaries, The Eye learned that the doll has inspired more than 1,000 YouTube channels, at least 300 Facebook fan pages and that 90 percent of girls ages 3 to 10 own at least one of the dolls, according to Mattel, its manufacturer.
But perhaps best of all, Barbie can claim more than 100 careers, several of them at the federal level: Astronaut Barbie appeared on store shelves in 1965, 1986 and 1994. She worked to achieve world peace as a “Summit Diplomat” in 1990. The plastic plaything has held several positions with the U.S. military, serving with the Army in 1989 and 1993, donning Air Force wings twice in 1990 and 1994, sailing with the Navy in 1991 and then joining the ranks of the Marines in 1992.
Barbie is also a four-time candidate for president: in 1992, 2000, 2004 (as an African-American candidate) and 2008. She’s also appeared as a teacher, zoologist, police officer and doctor. These are not necessarily federal positions, but certainly rewarding public sector careers.