Lego is releasing a new line of Legos designed to inspire and empower little girls. The five new toys are based on real life female achievers. The figurines represent women who are scientists, engineers and astronauts.
The new Lego line is the successful result of the company’s Ideas competition. Science writer and MIT News deputy editor, Maia Weinstock, suggested the new toys and won the competition.
Sally Ride, the late and great astronaut, is memorialized as one of the figurines. The first woman in space died in 2012 and came out as gay in her obituary.
“The reaction has been overwhelming,” Weinstock says. “Messages of congratulations and excitement at the prospect of this set actually being on store shelves have been pouring in.”
The other figurines in the line include:
- Katherine Johnson, who was recently played on screen by Taraji P. Henson in the Oscar-award winning movie, Hidden Figures.
- Nancy Grace Roman, who is affectionately known as the “Mother of the Hubble”
- Margaret Hamilton, a computer scientist who paved the way for other women in her field
- Mae Jemison, the first African American woman to go into space
The toys are due to hit stores later in 2017.