LEGO Loves Female Scientists

ht_lego_female_scientist_ll_130904_16x9_608LEGO will soon launch a minifigure collection called the “Research Institute” which will include a chemist, astronomer and a paleontologist.  What makes this so significant?  The mini figurines–which come with their own equipment including a chemistry lab, telescope and dinosaur skeleton–are all female.  The idea was proposed by Dr. Ellen Kooijman who stated in her proposal that the figurines would “show that girls can become they want, including a paleontologist or an astronomer.”

From a recent article in TIME:

“LEGO has been criticized for its lack of female toys after a 7-year old girl wrote to the company earlier this year asking why only male toys got to do cool things. In her handwritten letter which went viral,Charlotte Benjamin lamented that there were “more LEGO boy people and barely any LEGO girls” and observed that “all the girls did was sit at home, go to the beach, and shop, and they had no jobs, but the boys went on adventures, worked, saved people … even swam with sharks”

Well, Charlotte, it looks like your LEGO girls will now get to do really cool, adventurous things.  We can’t to get our set!

You Tell Us:  Anyone can submit a proposal for a new LEGO set to the LEGO Ideas platform–what idea do you have for LEGO?  Let us know via Twitter or Facebook.