Could playing with Barbie affect how girls view their career choices? An Oregon State University researcher says you'd better believe it.
A small group of girls ages four to seven took part in the experiment. The researcher had them play with either a Barbie doll or a Mrs. Potato Head.
After a few minutes, the girls were asked about possible careers. The researcher reported girls who played with Barbie thought they could do fewer jobs than boys, but those with Mrs. Potato Head thought they could do about the same number of jobs.