When it comes to LEGOs, something has been missing for a while. No, not the 3×1 brick that disappeared into the couch a ways back. We’re talking about a missing connection between LEGOs and girls. Even though both guys and gals have been playing with the building block toy for years, Scientific American reports the gender ratio of the mini-figure models is roughly 4:1 in favor of males. LEGOs are only beginning to prominently feature women in their sets in a way that breaks stereotypes. Earlier this summer, LEGOs released Research Institute, an all-female, limited edition scientist set in response to a letter from a seven-year-old girl. Now, the people behind The LEGO Movie announced that its sequel will feature more female characters. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (the writers and directors of The LEGO Movie) told BBC, “It’s important to us that the movie plays broadly and that we inspire young women as much as we inspire young men.” We loved Wyldstyle and Princess Unikitty so we’re looking forward to the “more female stuff” Lord and Miller promise to add to the sequel. While we wait for The LEGO Movie 2 and its new cast of girl characters to come out in 2017, we thought we’d recommend a few other female Lego sets to be released in the meantime to continue breaking the mold:
This collection celebrates the women’s suffrage movement in the United States with Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton mini-figures. No assembly is required, as every LEGO piece is a soapbox. Advanced builders: combine pieces to make even larger soapboxes.
Forget propriety! Woman can be witty, rude, and clever, too. You’ll get to build a stand-up stage and a writers’ room. Plus, all the mini-figures will have had awkward adolescent years to help form their unique comedic voices. They’ll bear more than a passing resemblance to Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus and could also double as an awesome all-girl pop group set.
This set features savvy lady CEO mini-figures who have innovative ideas and strong management skills. Construction is minimal though, as the set for this tech start-up is just an open floor plan with a ping-pong table and a colorful couch.
This set is for the aspiring Working Girl whether she is already in the corner office or still walking to work in sneakers and switching into heels. Build with Melanie Griffith, Sallie Krawcheck, and Carla Harris mini-figures. This set includes a boardroom, a Bloomberg machine, and heavy government regulation. The expansion pack is a nearby country club where our female mini-figures go to play golf.
THE NATION’S CAPITOL
Washington DC doesn’t have to be an old-boys club! In this set you build statues for famous American female political figures, like former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and newly elected Congresswoman Elise Stefanik. Although we’re “Ready for Hillary,” our choice for president in 2016 is Betty White. How could you not vote for this mini-figure?
Photo by LEGO.