(CNN) - Mattel is introducing a new batch of Barbie dolls based on real-life figures just ahead of International Women's Day on Thursday.
They're coming in two separate series of Barbies: "Inspiring Women" based on historical figures and new additions to its "Shero" line of dolls named for inspirational contemporary women.
The three "Inspiring Women" dolls are aviator Amelia Earhart, artist Frida Kahlo and mathematician Katherine Johnson, whose story was featured in the major motion picture "Hidden Figures." More will follow.
Mattel is releasing 14 new Shero dolls in the series that started in 2015.
They include ones based on "Wonder Woman" director Patty Jenkins and U.S. snowboarder Chloe Kim.
Both Jenkins and Kim expressed their gratitude for the honor, with Jenkins explaining, "Can't express how totally mind blowing and delightful it is to have your childhood favorite resemble you!!"
Can't express how totally mind blowing and delightful it is to have your childhood favorite resemble you!! Thank you @Barbie, for this incredible honor, and for celebrating all kinds of women, everywhere. What a great way to inspire the girls of tomorrow! pic.twitter.com/X5FteJQltn— Patty Jenkins (@PattyJenks) March 6, 2018
Other "Shero" dolls honor fashion designers, journalists, athletes, actresses and entrepreneurs.
The new dolls came after Mattel conducted a survey of 8,000 mothers around the globe and found that 86 percent are worried about the kind of role models to whom their daughters are exposed.
With 86% of US moms worried about the type of role models their daughters are exposed to, we are committed to shining a light on empowering female role models in an effort to inspire more girls.— Barbie (@Barbie) March 6, 2018
Join us by sharing your role models using #MoreRoleModels. #IWD2018 pic.twitter.com/FnEuBsDh23
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