International Women’s Month: Carol Spencer - Carol Spencer

“There were basically five jobs for a woman: nurse, teacher, wife and mother, secretary, or clerk. I was working at a job in an office earning minimum wage, 75 cents an hour, and I hated that.”

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International Women’s Month: Carol Spencer

This week, we're celebrating International Women's Day with a story from an original career woman, Carol Spencer. This week’s episode is hosted by The Moth’s Senior Curatorial Producer, Suzanne Rust.

Storyteller: Carol Spencer

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Stories in this Episode

Dressing Barbie

by Carol Spencer

A woman who designs clothes for Barbie fights to be given credit for her work.

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International Women’s Month: Carol Spencer extras

Carol Spencer talks to Sarah Austin Jenness, Executive Producer of The Moth, in the green room of The Broad Theatre after The Moth Mainstage on October 4th, 2019.

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Carol's dining room has hundreds of her Barbies on display -- all sorted by decade and theme. 

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Color Magic Barbie from the 60's!

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70's Barbies!

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Astronaut Barbies mentioned in Carol's story. 

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The middle doll in pink is Carol's Classique Collection "5th Avenue Style" Barbie - including her pipe cleaner poodles! 

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Carol, backstage at The Moth Mainstage, with the Classique Collection "Debutante" Barbie.

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The special edition Barbie, which bears Carol Spencer's name. 

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When she retired, Mattel gifted Carol this Barbie in her likeness - including a tiny copy of Carol's book: Dressing Barbie!