LEGO announced last week that it will create its first female space figures, celebrating women who have played important roles in the history of NASA.
According to the project proposal written by Maia Weinstock, the set celebrates five notable NASA pioneers and helps young people and adults learn about the history of women in STEM. The women featured in the set are Margaret Hamilton, Katherine Johnson, Sally Ride, Nancy Grace Roman and Mae Jemison. Johnson was a main character in the 2016 film "Hidden Figures."
Weinstock, who also created the set, said in an email that she has been making miniature figures of women in science and engineering for a long time now.
“For this proposal on LEGO ideas, I melded three of my passions: space exploration, the history of women in STEM, and, of course, LEGO,” she said.
Weinstock said children take cues from society very early in terms of what fields they are expected to excel in or go into as a career. It is important for boys and girls to see female characters in scientific engineering or other technical fields for a couple reasons, she said.