To inspire tomorrow’s great female engineers, we need better toys today

While her friends dressed Barbie dolls, Lucy Sanders designed and constructed buildings with Lincoln Logs, Tinkertoys, and playing cards. She learned physics by playing with her slinky, and chemistry through her chemistry set. Sanders says that the board games she played with her family taught her strategy, empathy, and how to win and lose.  Her parents did get her a Barbie — but she and her sister turned her into “gladiator Barbie,” “medieval Barbie,” and “superwoman Barbie.”

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