VIRTUAL Barbie and Ruth: The History of America’s Most Famous Doll and her Inventor

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She might be the most famous doll in the world. For more than sixty years, Barbie has been played with, analyzed, collected, criticized and loved. 

Join historian Leslie Goddard, Ph.D., for this virtual presentation to explore the remarkable true story of the world’s most famous doll and the woman who created her, the passionately creative – and intensely competitive -- Ruth Handler.  It’s a fascinating account of an extraordinary female entrepreneur and the story of an extraordinary cultural phenomenon.

Learn what inspired Handler to develop Barbie in 1959, how Barbie helped make Mattel one of the world’s most successful toy companies, and what Barbie’s impact has been on American culture.

Leslie Goddard is a historian and author who holds a Ph.D. from Northwestern University and master’s degrees in museum studies and in theater.  She has been lecturing on topics in history for more than fifteen years, with particular interest in women’s history and popular culture.

This program is being presented virtually and registration is required. 

The program is made possible with the support of The Friends of the Livingston Public Library.



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