Don’t tell Barbie, but Ken’s the real earner

Since she sashayed into the lives of millions of young girls all over the world, Barbie has been more than just another doll. She’s been an inspiration.

Aside from her waistline, her fashion sense and the fact that she found true and enduring love, she’s had a career to die for.

From mundane jobs working in a coffee shop to teaching aerobics, she rose to become a flight attendant and went on to become a surgeon, a robotics engineer and even a judge.

Putting aside the more fanciful (she was once president of the United States), experts recently examined 59 roles and, factored in the years in them, to calculate her salary expectations.

They worked out that, had they been in the UK, her lifetime salary would have totalled a whopping £45,428,296.

But, given her role as an ambassador for female ambition, inspiring young girls that they can live their dream and be who they want to be, they factored in sone other key metrics, comparing the roles which traditionally pay women more than men and vice versa.

The result, even allowing for the fact that he may well have earned less as a yoga instructor or wildlife conservationist, over the same period and following the same career path, he’d heave earned £4 million more, having grossed £49,554,215).

Four out of five of her highest paying roles sit within the STEM industry, with not a single one paying females more than males. In fact, when looking at the highest paid positions, Judge Barbie suffered the highest salary difference with Men earning £19,470 on average more than women.

Out of the lowest paying jobs, Park ranger Barbie has the greatest difference with men earning on average 21.1 per cent more than women in the same role.

Commenting on the analysis, Lucinda O’Brien, business banking expert for the report’s authors, said: “Children’s career aspirations have long been defined by gender stereotypes; it’s therefore refreshing and positive to see Barbie working a whole variety of jobs in the latest live action Barbie movie.

“Young girls watching their favourite doll in roles that they might have otherwise seen as not for them, can only serve to encourage positive change.

“However, even with Barbie working across a wide variety of job sectors in recent years representing females in largely male dominated positions, women continue to be misrepresented in the working world. Although there are current laws in place ensuring equal pay, the data still reveals men continue to be favoured in the workplace. More measurable steps need to be taken to re-address this balance.”