If you're a parent looking for a doll to help inspire your
daughter to be active and play sports, you may have noticed that there is a bit
of a gaping hole in that area. You’ll find shelves and shelves of
Barbies, Bratz dolls and many more big-headed, skinny-bodied dolls, but jock
dolls? Not so much.
Enter Get Real Girl action figures.
The female action figures are meant to
empower girls between the ages of 4 and 8 with four characters: Corey, a surfer; Skylar, a snowboarder; Nakia, a
basketball player; and Gabi, a soccer player. Aside from playing different
sports, they each hail from a different continent, have their own passports
and travel adventure stories. The action figures have realistic body proportions
and bendable joints so that they can stand on their own, kick a ball or shoot a
basket while looking more like an actual human being than a disproportionate humanoid
doll perpetually stuck on her tippy-toes.
With all the dolls already on the market, why bother
creating another line? Because girls still aren’t involved in sports as much as
out of five American girls still don’t have the opportunity to play sports at
that’s despite Title IX, which prohibits gender discrimination in education and on the playing field.
Girls also don’t stick with sports as much as boys do. According
to the Women’s Sports Foundation, girls in the U.S. drop out of sports at
double the rate of boys because they lack female athlete role models. Girls of
color are the ones who are most affected by lack of opportunity and drop-out
Will multicultural, multiethnic sporty action figures fix
the issues that keep girls from being as active in sports as boys? No, probably
not, but seeing these dolls and playing with them will spark girls’ imaginations and
encourage them to engage in actual sports. They're also a great way for girls
who are already interested or passionate about sports to see themselves
It’s important that girls play sports in school because
of the obvious benefits to their health, the boost in confidence and the
building of relationships, but it’s also important later in life.
"A study using
state-level data concluded that an increase in female sports participation
leads to an increase in women’s labor force participation down the road,”
researchers with the National Women's Law Center reported in 2015, "and greater female participation in previously
male-dominated occupations, particularly high-skill, high-wage ones."
A cool fact: more than four out of five women who are executives played sports while growing up and told researchers that lessons they learned while playing sports have contributed to their success in business.
Seems like a no-brainer that Get Real Girl action
figures are long overdue. We owe them to our girls.
The Get Real Girl action figures need your help to get
on the market, though. You can help by donating to their Kickstarter
campaign here by Saturday, Nov. 19.