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Lego’s female scientist set could inspire a generation of girls to become scientists - Quartz

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This trio of one-inch female scientists was created by Ellen Kooijman, a “real-life geoscientist,” and selected by vote among LEGO Ideas members. It was so popular, it beat out a set based on Sherlock. This is a big deal for “girl power,” as a male commenter from Canada noted.


The implications could be even bigger for the US and other economies. Americadesperately needs more workers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Part of the problem is that only 26% of STEM workers are women (pdf, p.5), despite the fact that they make up half of the overall workforce.

In her project proposal, Kooijman wrote: 'The motto of these scientists is clear: explore the world and beyond!'