Doc McStuffins, the African-American title character of an animated TV series for children has become a symbol of pride and hope for black women in medicine and the daughters they want to inspire, says Huffington Post.
Sporting two pig-tails and a pink stethoscope, Doc McStuffins runs a home clinic for stuffed animals and dolls and proudly makes it known that she has yet to lose a toy. The show, which has become popular among many children, not only portrays a positive role model for African-American children, but sends a much-needed message to girls aspiring to become doctors.
According to the American Medical Association’s “Physician Characteristics and Distribution in the U.S., 2012 Edition,” there were 18,533 black female physicians in 2010, or less than 2 percent of a total of 985,375 U.S. doctors, including nearly 300,000 female physicians. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, blacks make up 12.3 percent of the population at about 40 million, with more than half of them women.
“When we made her an African-American girl, we hoped it would be a positive role model that wasn’t really out there and would be great for little girls,” said series creator Chris Nee, who said she was encouraged by Disney from the start to create Doc as a minority character. “What has been surprising is the strength of the reaction and that it’s from adults.”
According to the article posted by the Huffington Post, Nee hopes the series resonates with all the girls who watch it, she added, citing worrisome studies that females start to develop negative attitudes about science at a young age.