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Ruth Handler

My Invention Convention inventor biography report project.
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Kirsten Leon

on 12 December 2012

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Ruth Handler Ruth Handler's Personal Background Ruth Mosko was born in Denver, Colorado on November 4th, 1916. Ruth was the youngest of ten Polish immigrant children. She was a tomboy who shunned dolls. Her Jewish father, Jacob Moskowitz, arrived on Ellis Island in 1907. There, his name was shortened to Mosko. Jacob was sent to Denver because he was a blacksmith. Denver was the center of the railroad industry so they needed a blacksmith to fix and make new railroad tracks. Ida Mosko, Ruth's mother, was 40 and very ill when Ruth was born. When Ruth was six-months-old, she went to live with her eldest sister, Sarah, and her husband, Louis Greenwald.

Ruth Mosko met Elliot Handler when she was 16 at the B'nai B'rith dance. Elliot wanted to be an artist but was deemed a poor match by Ruth's family because they envisioned him as a struggling artist. Ruth moved to Los Angeles, California and she got a job as a secretary for Paramount Pictures while she was visiting a friend. Elliot decided to go to California with Ruth and he enrolled himself in art school. He also got a job designing light fixtures. Ruth and Elliot got married in 1938. Ruth quit her secretary job at Paramount Pictures shortly before their first child was born. Their first child Barbara was born in 1941 and their son Ken was born in 1944. When Ken was only six-months-old, Ruth decided that she was bored of just taking care of the children and needed to do something else. She started a company called Mattel Creations and within 25 years, it turned into a multi-million dollar business. She was also the first woman to be elected to the Toy Manufacturers Association and the first woman who was ever appointed to the Federal Reserve Board. President Richard Nixon also appointed her to the National Business Council for Consumer Affairs and the Product Safety Committee. Even when she was very successful, Ruth lost a breast to breast cancer in 1970.

Ruth Handler struggled with depression, lost her self-confidence, and she couldn't find a prosthetic breast to make her look "even". Also during that rough time, Mattel was under investigation for illegal accounting practices. When Ruth thought that all that was left for her was playing poker in local card rooms, she decided to manufacture and sell prosthetic breasts. Ruth and Elliot Handler both left Mattel in 1975. Elliot decided to go back to art school. Ruth and Elliot spent their retirement dawdling between their Century City penthouse condo and their Malibu beach house; Elliot painting and Ruth spending time with their grandkids. Ruth died on April 27th, 2002 from complications with colon cancer surgery. Her husband, Elliot Handler, died on July 21, 2011. Bibliography Handler, Ruth- Overview, Personal Life, Career Details, Chronology: Ruth Handler, Social and Economic Impact. 4 December 2012. <http://encyclopedia.jrank.org/articles/pages /6265/Handler-Ruth.html> Ruth Handler Biography. 2 December 2012. <http://lifestyle.iloveindia.com/lounge/ruth-handler-biography-10113.html> The Great Leaders Series: Ruth Handler, Co-founder of Mattel. 3 December 2012. <http://www.inc.com/30years/articles/ruth-handler.html> Why Ken is the new babe magnet in Toyland. 3 December 2012. <http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/41538821/ns/today-today_news/t/why-ken-new-babe-magnet-toyland/> Barbie Doll, Hot Wheels creator Elliot Handler dead. 2 December 2012.< http://www.thebusinessage.com/2011/07/24/barbie-doll-hot-wheels-creator-elliot-handler-dead/ > Why Ruth Handler Created the Barbie Doll Ruth noticed that her daughter, Barbara, was playing with paper dolls and she gave them adult roles. Ruth created the Barbie Doll so Barbara could have a more life-like doll to play with. Ruth Handler From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 7 December 2012. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruth_Handler> How the Barbie Doll Works A Barbie Doll works exactly like any other typical doll. It uses the "ball and socket" metheod so you can move the arms around. The elbows and knees use hinges so it can move like an actual person. The rest is up to you to use your imagination to do what you want with the Barbie Doll. How does the Barbie doll work?- Yahoo! Answers. 9 December 2012. <http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090322180445AA9NZFA> Barbie - Vintage, L & L Collectables. 9 December 2012. <http://www.landlcollectables.com/catalog/index.php/cPath/1019_1012//GallerySection/1> Paper Dolls. 9 December 2012. <http://www.origami-resource-center.com/paper-dolls.html> The Barbie Doll is made out of plastic and it has an adult body. The female Barbie Dolls have make-up on their faces.

The Barbie Dolls change and become more modern with the clothing and how their faces are made. How the Barbie Doll Affected Society Positive Affects All of the things Barbie had, a dreamhouse, a racecar, an enourmous wardrobe, etc., made the children think of the things they could do when they were adults Barbie gave an "I can do it all" additude so kids thought they could do everything, too. Negative Affects Women strived to look as perfect as Barbie did, causing them to have a lot of cosmetic surgery umd.edu. 9 December 2012. <http://otal.umd.edu/~vg/mssp96/ms07/cult.htm> Cindy Jackson, before and after her over 50 surgeries and spending over $50,000 on cosmetic surgeries. Cindy Jackson Plastic Surgery Before and After. 9 December 2012 <http://plasticsergeant.com/celebrity-plastic-surgery/cindy-jackson >
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