Lego Is Launching A New Figure Set Celebrating Women In Science

“I wanted to show that girls can become anything they want, including a paleontologist or an astronomer.”

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The idea for the female mini-figure set (which will feature a female chemist, a female astronomer, and a female paleontologist) was submitted to the Lego Ideas website by Dr Ellen Kooijman, a geochemist in Stockholm.

Kooijman polled her fans to find out which profession they wanted to see represented. She wanted the figures to “show that girls can become anything they want, including a paleontologist or an astronomer.”

Lego has received criticism for the gender disparity in its toys. In February, a 7-year-old wrote a message to Lego asking the company to “make more lego girl people and let them go on adventures and have fun ok!?!”

7yo Charlotte writes an adorable and strongly worded letter to LEGO regarding the lack of adventures for girls.

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7yo Charlotte writes an adorable and strongly worded letter to LEGO regarding the lack of adventures for girls.

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But this new science set is a step in the right direction. It's due to hit shelves in August.