Last week, Mattel had a bit of a misstep when it introduced Computer Engineer Barbie to the world. What should have been a "yay" moment was more of a "WTF" when we learned that this new Barbie is apparently so terrible at her job that she needed two men to help destroy the virus she — oops! — accidentally downloaded. In an age when women run technology companies (albeit not at the numbers we would like), girls code, and the White House has a women in STEM initiative, you have to wonder who thought up that storyline.
But, you know what? Barbie is going to bounce back. Since she first came on the scene in 1959, this doll has had more careers than any Hollywood hyphenate. She's been a pet stylist, an aerobics instructor, a news anchor, a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader, a surgeon, a candy-store cashier, a business executive, and even had a 2009 stint as a SeaWorld trainer (she obviously saw Blackfish and rethought that one). She even went to the moon before Neil Armstrong.
Imagine the skillset on her resume! The woman can clearly do anything, probably because she never has to sleep or eat. We bet right now Computer Engineer Barbie is building a time machine to go back and change her origin story.
Read on for some highlights of her impressive job history.