Move Over, Boys: Lego Releases Female Scientist Playset

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Several months after a 7-year-old girl wrote to complain about the scarcity of “lego girls,” Lego has released a playset that features a line of female scientists. The toy company's new Research Institute playset includes female paleontologist, astronomer and chemist minifigures and was created by a real-life female geoscientist, Ellen Kooijman. “Help the paleontologist study the origin of dinosaurs with the magnifying glass, map the skies with the astronomer and her telescope, and assist the chemist as she carries out experiments in her lab,” reads a description of the playset.

Lego introduced the new set several months after Charlotte Benjamin wrote a letter scolding the Denmark-based toy company for ignoring girls. The letter, which went viral, said in part: “I am 7 years old and I love legos but I don’t like that there are more lego boy people and barely any lego girls.”



— James Eng, NBC News