Coming Soon: Female Lego Scientists
Toy maker responds to criticism
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 5, 2014 4:32 PM CDT
Lego is getting more diverse.   (Lego)

(Newser) – Lego has apparently heard the criticism that its plastic universe is mostly a boys' club, and things will change this summer. A new line of figurines due out in August will feature a female chemist, paleontologist, and astronomer, reports Time. The set was suggested by a female geochemist in Sweden as part of the Lego Ideas platform in which regular folks get to suggest ideas that get put up for a vote. One thing the Guardian likes: The coming set looks "notably devoid of pink." It's about time, writes Abby Phillip at the Washington Post.

The lack of women in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math is "an acute problem with no easy solution," she writes. "But many believe that one piece of the puzzle is broadening the dreams and visions of young girls."

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Jun 23, 2014 10:36 PM CDT
Women are taking over Lego
Jun 7, 2014 8:16 AM CDT
If you got to the toy store and look at the Lego products marketed to girls, they are very different from those for boys. It's almost as if girls want to get their Lego Beauty Parlor assembled as quickly as possible so they can play Beauty Parlor. There are large dedicated pieces with very little assembly instead of lots of little versatile pieces you'll find in the usual products marketed to boys. My sons would painstakingly built the pirate ship or whatever then leave it sit as a trophy for a while, after playing pirates a little. Then they'd tear it down and use the pieces to create something new. We'd never see a complete pirate ship again. But hours upon hours of building other stuff from the ship's wreckage. Parents of girls with Legos, what is your experience?
Jun 7, 2014 8:04 AM CDT
re: 'The lack of women in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math is "an acute problem..." ' Why is it a problem? A problem for whom?