Black Friday Note: 6-year-old girl stands up for anti-sexism in toys, plus some fun STEM-inspired gift ideas
This story came to me via the website/campaign in association with the independent film “Miss Representation”.
Summary: Despite the toy makers attempts to explain away the fact that there are only 5 female characters in their game , compared to 19 boys (they explain that they are looking at what people have in common rather than what is different), the girl and her mother persisted to explain that *still* was not fair. Check out the full story here, where you can read the actual e-mail exchange.
You can also learn more about the Miss Representation campaign called “Not buying it”, which was implemented to help people voice their concerns with advertisements that misrepresent or demean women.
I remember noticing the lack of female characters when playing this same game (Guess Who?) as a child, but I did not do anything this proactive about it ;). However, I did just come across these very cool spatial-skills-building toy, and noticed that all of the ads have boys in them (see screen shot below). On further googling, I was glad to see there were other sites with plenty of pictures of girls building with the toy as well. However, I might still send a quick e-mail to the original website… girls need to learn spatial skills too!
- As holiday shopping gets underway, I thought I would also add a note about STEM-related presents, for kids and adults, and especially those that might inspire youngsters to pursue science.
- I listed a few I have come across but I would love to see your favorites.
Lego Friends – a topic of a previous post on this blog
Engineering toy and storybook for Girls – This is a neat startup company I heard about recently. You can view a video from the creator, a young female engineer.
Discussion of favorite solar system books (a previous post on this blog)
Look Up!: Henrietta Leavitt, Pioneering Woman Astronomer by Robert Burleigh (kids book)
Marie Curie and Her Daughters by Shelley Emling (adult book)
A telescope – many buying guides online
Membership to the Planetary Society (great for kids and adults)