Lego has announced it will be releasing a new female mini-figure series of scientists including a chemist, palaeontologist and an astronomer.
The series idea (called Research Institute) was submitted by Stockholm-based geochemist Dr Ellen Kooijman.
On her blog, Dr Kooijman wrote: “As a female scientist I had noticed two things about the available Lego sets: a skewed male/female minifigure ratio and a rather stereotypical representation of the available female figures.”
“It seemed logical that I would suggest a small set of female minifigures in interesting professions to make our Lego city communities more diverse.”
I’m so excited by this. Especially since Lego decided to introduce pink and purple sets specifically for girls a couple of years ago. Urgh.
I’ll be adding the little scientists to the kids’ Christmas stockings this year for sure.
Slowly but surely, the world is getting the message.
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