Wilma Mankiller honoured with a Barbie

Cherokee Nation’s first female principal chief and activist and social worker Wilma Mankiller has been honoured with a Barbie Doll.

Mankiller was born of November 18, 1945 in Oklahoma and died on April 6, 2010.

Mankiller led Native American tribe for a decade until 1995 and inspired thousands of children as a powerful but humble leader.

During her active days, she eagerly promoted early education and rural healthcare.

Along with inspiring children, Mankiller stressed improving social conditions through consensus and on restoring pride in Native heritage.

In 1998, 42nd US President Bill Clinton also honoured her with the nation’s highest civilian award — the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Before Mankiller, known public figures including Maya Angelou, Ida B Wells, Jane Goodall and Madam CJ Walker has also been the part of this inspiring doll series.