Meet GoldieBlox, your soon-to-be new favorite toy company for girls.
Toy stores are one of the single most thrilling places for any kid, coming in second only to maybe candy stores; but there are some real issues stacked on each and every shelf of every toy store. Always segregated by gender, the designated boys’ section of toy stores offer up immeasurable inspiration for thinking outside the box and creating new things, either by invention or building or both. Girls, on the other hand, can choose from dolls (and their endless high gloss pink accessories), kitchen playsets, Easy Bake Ovens, and fairytale princess costumes.
GoldieBlox believes our girls deserve more, and unleashed an adorable mob of little girls for their commercial to celebrate the toy company’s disruption of the pink aisle.
A female engineer from Stanford University, Debbie Sterling founded GoldieBlox last year after being troubled by how few women were working by her side. Engineering sits at the forefront of solving major challenges in our society; it offers a high salary and great job security, yet is 89% male. That is a big problem.
Offering young girls a much-needed female engineer role model that makes engineering and problem solving fun and accessible, GoldieBlox aims to nurture a generation of girls who are more confident, courageous, and tech-savvy, giving them a real opportunity to grow and directly contribute to the progress being made in the world by engineers. One year and one very successful Kickstarter campaign later, GoldieBlox and the Spinning Machine is now available in toy stores across the country and Canada, almost like a beacon of light and hope emitting from the otherwise constant sea of pink.
GoldieBlox is a construction set with companion book series, and GoldieBlox and the Spinning Machine is the debut story of Goldie, the girl inventor who loves to build. In the book, Goldie decides to build a spinning machine to help her dog, Nacho, chase his tail. Soon, the whole gang wants in on the action. As girls watch Goldie build the spinning machine in the book, they can build their own using the construction set. How cool is that!?
GoldieBlox has already been told that they cannot survive in mass stores next to Barbie, and that convention says engineering toys for girls are a “niche.” What a depressing outlook on the girls’ toy market today. That is precisely why it is so important to take on the responsibility of surrounding our girls with toys that will inspire them to believe that they can achieve great things, set out to do the so-called impossible, and do good in the world around them.