Ann Baker was the founder of the Ragdoll breed. She lived in California at the time. There’s quite a lot of mystery surrounding the creation of the breed, and some strange stories associated with the event are in circulation. In the 1960s, Ann had a cat called Josephine who is said to have had long, white hair. Some reports say that Josephine was actually a neighbor’s cat. Josephine produced an interesting litter. Ann realized that the kittens in the litter had special features. She kept at least one of them to breed (and likely chose the father very carefully). The breeding program continued, and Ragdolls were eventually created.
I can’t say exactly why Ann created the breed. I assume she was a cat lover who was interested in breeding and found the features of Josephine’s kittens appealing. She did trademark the Ragdoll name and tried to control the breeding program as much as she could, which didn’t make her very popular. In addition, she does seem to have had some idiosyncrasies. I’m not going to assign any more motivations to her decision to create the breed, however, because she died in 1997. She can’t be interviewed or report her point of view about the stories linked to her name.