The designs were submitted by Dr. Ellen Kooijman, a geochemist and LEGO fan from Sweden

By Alex Heigl
Updated June 05, 2014 11:00 AM
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The LEGO universe just got a little more diverse. The toy giant recently announced that they would be introducing three female scientist figures in August 2014: A chemist, an astronomer and an archaeologist.

The set, titled “Research Institute,” was the brainchild of Dr. Ellen Kooijman, a geochemist and LEGO fan from Stockholm, Sweden. She submitted the idea to LEGO Ideas, a forum for fans to suggest ideas for sets.

Her motivation, she wrote on her blog, was that “as a female scientist I had noticed two things about the available LEGO sets: A skewed male/female minifigure ratio and a rather stereotypical representation of the available female figures. It seemed logical that I would suggest a small set of female minifigures in interesting professions to make our LEGO city communities more diverse.”

We have to wonder if the announcement has anything to do with seven-year-old Charlotte Benjamin’s letter to LEGO that went viral in February: The plucky youngster told the company that she wanted them to “make more LEGO girl people and them go go on adventures and have fun.”

Progress, one tiny brick figurine at a time.

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