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January 09, 2009

She's had 104 jobs, including some in previously male-dominated careers, and she's broken the glass ceiling several times. Women around the world admire her fashion sense. Who is this woman? It's--Barbie!

Yes, according to Southwest Airline's Spirit magazine, Barbie has had over 104 jobs since she debuted in 1959. Of course, her first job was as a teenage fashion model, and she did at first stick with careers traditionally female including nurse, teacher, ballerina, and flight attendant.

However, in the early 1960s, says the article, “the plastic princess began to push cultural boundaries” as a college graduate. She was among the pioneering women in the medical field when she became a doctor, surgeon, pediatrician, dentist, and veterinarian. She entered the armed services attaining flight status as an Air Force pilot and rank as a Marine Corps sergeant. And she became the first female American astronaut--20 years before Sally Ride!

Barbie the trailblazer also broke the glass ceiling in 1963 when she became an advertising executive, according to the article. Then she broke the ol' boys' network when she became the first female NASCAR driver. And she even ran for president twice (sorry Hillary).

Yes, Barbara Millicent Roberts has a downright incredible résumé. Too bad she can't wear flat shoes

Source: Southwest Airline's Spirit (November 2008, pg. 42)

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