• Petitioning Jean McKenzie

This petition will be delivered to:

President of American Girl and Executive Vice President of Mattel
Jean McKenzie
Mattel Inc.
American Girl

American Girl: Release an American Girl with a disability

    1. Melissa & Eva Shang
    2. Petition by

      Melissa & Eva Shang

      Paoli, PA

As a girl with a disability, I’ve had to overcome obstacles since I was born.

I’m ten years old, and for as long as I can remember, I’ve had Charcot-Marie-Tooth, a form of muscular dystrophy. When I was seven, like most of my classmates, I fell in love with American Girl dolls—historical and modern girls with stories about overcoming obstacles. I’ve read all of the books, seen all of the movies, and even visited the American Girl Place in New York City. For the past three years, I’ve asked for an American Girl doll for Christmas.

Of all the American Girl dolls, my favorites are the Girl of the Years. Every year, American Girl introduces a brand-new character with a story about finding success in the face of challenges today. Girls of the Year come from all different places, from Hawaii to New Mexico, and they help girls learn what it’s like to be someone else. Through Saige, I learned what it’s like to be an artist and horseback rider. Through McKenna, I learned what it’s like to be a gymnast. Girls of the Year have helped me understand how it feels to be someone else.

However, none of the American Girl Girls of the Year are like me. None of them have a disability.

Being a disabled girl is hard. Muscular Dystrophy prevents me from activities like running and ice-skating, and all the stuff that other girls take for granted. For once, I don’t want to be invisible or a side character that the main American Girl has to help: I want other girls to know what it’s like to be me, through a disabled American Girl’s story.

Disabled girls might be different from normal kids on the outside. They might sit in a wheelchair like I do, or have some other difficulty that other kids don’t have. However, we are the same as other girls on the inside, with the same thoughts and feelings. American Girls are supposed to represent all the girls that make up American history, past and present. That includes disabled girls.

Please join me and my sister YingYing in asking American Girl to release a disabled Girl of the Year. Please, sign this petition to convince American Girl tell my story, and the story of disabled youth. Will you join me and see my dream come true?

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 100,000 signatures



    Dec 29, 2013

    World's most adorable 10-year-old is petitioning @american_girl for a doll who looks like her. LET'S DO THIS. http://t.co/913glvbScJ


    Reasons for signing

    • Chloe Urias ALHAMBRA, CA
      • about 2 hours ago

      I truly believe american girl should try to come up with a disabeled doll cause in real life nobody's perfect and we all have our flaws

    • Maha Talal NEW YORK, NY
      • about 7 hours ago

      Please realse one

    • Veronica Thompson MODESTO, CA
      • about 23 hours ago

      Disable girls are girls that are just like everyone else with the challenges they face.

    • Faith Lare PHILADELPHIA, PA
      • 1 day ago

      I live with a disability everyday

    • Noa Rabinowicz TZUR YITZHAK, ISRAEL
      • 2 days ago

      educational reasons


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