I've long been whining about the absence of stronge female Lego characters, or actually characters that aren't predominantly air hostesses, hairdressers or waitresses (there is nothing wrong with these professions, but I feel other female careers are largely ignored).
Last week Lego introduced a $25 "Women of NASA" set, which became Amazon's best-selling toy, selling out on the first day of its release, sparking the supportive social media hashtag “#WomenofNASA". The set is part of the Lego Ideas series, where the company makes sets that are proposed by fans. In this case, MIT News deputy editor Maia Weinstock suggested it.
In its first day of release, the $25 set became Amazon’s top-selling toy, CNN reported. By the end of the day Wednesday the sets had sold out on Astronomer Nancy Grace Roman, computer scientist Margaret Hamilton and astronauts Mae Jemison and Sally Ride are each featured in the 231-piece Lego set.
Ride was the first American woman in space, Jemison was the first African-American woman in space, Hamilton led software development for the Apollo space programme, and Roman was involved with the Hubble Space Telescope programme.