In September 2013, LEGO made brand history when it added its first female scientist, Professor C. Bodin, to its 35-year-old minifigures collection. The following August, she got some much needed female company in the lab when the brick maker released Research Institute, its first set of female scientists, which included 3 of the 12 minifigs submitted by geochemist Dr. Ellen Kooijman to the LEGO Ideas contest. That set sold out almost immediately.
Since, LEGO has continued this refreshing trend of including more women in STEM and non-traditional fields to its minifigs offerings, adding them “quietly,” as reported by Scientific American. As we prefer to be loud about this kind of news, here are some of the super cool introductions from 2015.
Space Starter Set – Released this month, it includes a female scientist/aerospace engineer
As for what future, mold breaking building sets might look like, Scientific American highlighted two current user submissions to the LEGO Ideas program. Our brick stacking fingers are crossed that one of them will be as lucky as Dr. Kooijman…