This has got to be one of the coolest 3-year-old girls ever. For she makes “Badass Lego Girls”

September 30, 2013

Badass Lego Girls
 With such a dearth of strong and cool female Lego characters,  the world could use three-year-old Cecilia Fierro, who is creating her own “Badass Lego Girls”.
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According to Huffington Post, Cecilia’s mom, Julia Fierro, has been putting photos of her daughter’s Lego creations on Tumblr. Each character is a female LEGO head with a male body and male accessories.”She intentionally picked accessories that had come with male figures — and also that we, as a society, identify with male gender roles. For example, weapons like bow and arrows, guns, swords, or a police badge and cuffs, or a knight’s armour,” said Fierro. “Her ‘girl’ LEGO recreations came out looking like warriors and soldiers. Most of them are her ‘superhero girls.’”According to Huffpost, “the project started for fun, Fierro said. But she and Cecilia had to dig deep in their LEGO bin to find the female heads, and when they went to buy more, the mini-figure packs (which come sealed) were always all male. “My daughter was a little disappointed by that, but not deterred,” Fierro said.

According to Scientific American, the gender ratio of mini-figure models is roughly 4:1in favour of males and the girl toys often play into stereotypes — with the exception of a recently released female scientist mini-fig.

LEGO says it has attempted to appeal to more girls with their line, LEGO Friends. But parents petitioned the creation of the line itself claiming the toys would only further reinforce gender stereotypes.

At the time, Sarah Maida (mom of then 4-year-old Riley whose rant about gender marketing went viral), told HuffPost, “I have no problem with them making pink LEGOs, but I really hate the message they send. [Riley] doesn’t need to be building a hot tub and serving drinks. I want her to build whatever she wants. We want her to be herself.” “

Here are some of the Badass Lego Girls:

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