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Science needs women.

Science needs women.

This country needs more women to pursue Stem careers – and a new set of Lego figures of Nasa heroines shows us the way to turn girls on to science at an early age

I was childishly excited last week when I saw Lego was bringing out a Women of Nasa set. It almost – but not quite – made up for the hideous pinkification number it did on us a while back.

The Lego figures of Nancy Grace Roman, Margaret Hamilton, Sally Ride and Mae Jemison may be tiny but these women’s achievements were huge, both in terms of science and for their gender.

Roman was the chief of astronomy in Nasa’s Office of Space Science and the first woman to hold an executive position at the agency; Hamilton was leader of the team that developed the flight software for the Apollo mission; Ride was the first American woman to fly in space; and Jemison was the space agency’s first African-American female astronaut.

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