Coming Soon: Female Lego Scientists

Toy maker responds to criticism
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 5, 2014 4:32 PM CDT

(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." (Read more Lego stories.)

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