Meet Courtney, the New '80s-Inspired American Girl Doll Thanks to The Go-Go's

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The Go-Gos poses for a portrait at the Pizza Hut Lounge on Jan. 25, 2020 in Park City, Utah.

The Go-Go's new pal isn't their new bandmate but the first historical American Girl doll in three years. Meet Courtney Moore, a "video-game lover with a totally rad style who dreams to make games of her own," according to the punk rockers' Instagram.

Lead vocalist Belinda Carlisle and drummer Gina Schock introduced her to the world on the TODAY Show on Tuesday (Sept. 15). "She's an '80s girl, her name is Courtney," Schock said. "She's an interesting girl, she's all about female empowerment, and start when you're very young. And we're all for young girls getting out there doing their thing and making a difference in this world."

Beside playing Pac-Man in the local mall's arcade, applying her Lip Smackers lip gloss and jamming to her boombox on her shoulder, bass player Kathy Valentine said in a TODAY Parents interview yesterday that there's a whole lot more to Courtney's charm.

"I think what (American Girl) wants to do with the Courtney doll is bring attention to what that era was like for women," Valentine explained. "The feminist movement had come about in the '60s and '70s, and in the '80s you started seeing women in politics more. You saw them going into tech and getting the results of the hard work of the feminist pioneers."

To complement Courtney's love of video games and emerging technology -- which is lead guitarist and keyboardist Charlotte Caffey's favorite asset of hers -- American Girl will match customer's donations to Girls Who Code, a non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology, from now until Dec. 31. The doll and book company will also provide four Girls Who Code members with a $5,000 scholarship to help further their education in computer science or a related field.

Meet the 1986 doll Courtney below, which is already available for purchase online and in American Girl stores starting next Friday, Sept. 25.

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