Following the success of the earth-shattering film Hidden Figures, a film that highlights a group of courageous and brilliant African-American women and their contribution to the U.S space program, Lego has now announced it will sell a “Women of NASA” toyset of its Minifigures.
This grand idea came to life from Maia Weinstock, a science writer and editor who pitched the idea to Lego with hopes of furthering women empowerment.
The innovative toy set includes mathematician and NASA trajectory expert Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson’s character in “Hidden Figures”), Margaret Hamilton, an MIT computer scientist who was responsible for developing the flight software for the Apollo craft, and Sally Ride, the first American woman in space. It also includes astronaut and physicist Nancy Grace Roman and Mae Jemison, an entrepreneur, astronaut and a doctor who was the first African-American woman in space.
“We’re really excited to be able to introduce Maia’s Women of NASA set for its inspirational value as well as build and play experience.” – NASA
The company hopes that this toy set will inspire girls to pursue more careers in STEM, breaking the stigma that girls don’t succeed in areas like science, technology, engineering, and math. What a great start to women’s month!