I love LEGO so I was really excited to read that the toy company will be bringing out a set of three female scientists. This will include a palaeontologist studying dinosaur bones, a chemist working in the lab and astronomer using a telescope. I think these three little mini-figures look like great fun and they are definitely going on my Christmas list.
In all the years that I have been playing with LEGO, I have never felt that there were not enough female figures, or that it was a “boy’s toy”. In fact I don’t remember gender ever actually being an issue, however, others have noticed typical gender stereotypes in the LEGO range, and feel that LEGO needs to do something to rectify the gender balance within their product range. This prompted the geochemist Ellen Kooijman to submit the proposal of a group of female scientists to the LEGO ideas website, where it received enough votes to be considered for production. Hopefully this will put a smile on the seven year old Charlotte’s face who wrote to LEGO to complain 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, and had jobs, even swam with sharks“. Indeed – we certainly won’t settle for that – girls want to have adventures too, so if these little feisty scientists can do their bit to improve all that, then I’m all for it. Having said that, a group of LEGO male and female scientists working side by side (just as they do in every lab I know) may show both little girls and little boys that everyone, irrespective of gender, should be able to do whatever they want.