Like so many young girls, I spent much of my childhood playing with my Barbie. While my friends' Barbies were making wedding plans with Ken or decorating their Barbie homes, my Barbie was studying to be a lawyer. Though she was happy dating Ken, she was in no rush to marry him. She never sat in the passenger's seat of her convertible. She drove.
My Barbie had no designs on being like my mother or the mothers of my friends. She was going to be like the women I was seeing on TV. It was the 70's and things were changing. Women on TV were police officers, doctors, reporters. They weren't all at home raising kids and cleaning house.