Girl Heroes use their words to tell people what they think is important.
Writing a letter – or an email – to people is a way to tell people what we are thinking. We can send them to our friends and family to tell them about our holiday or to invite them to a party but we can also send them to people we don’t know to talk about things that worry us and things that we want help to change.
Charlotte Benjamin, 7, wrote this letter to the Lego toy company, because she was frustrated with the lack of girl mini-figures
Dear Lego Company
My name is Charlotte. I am 7 years old and I love legos but I don’t like there are many more lego boy people and barely any lego girls. Today I went to a store and two legos in two sections the girls pink and the boys blue. All the girls did was sit at home, go to the beach, and the shop, and they had no jobs but the boys went on adventures, worked, saved people, and had jobs, even swam with sharks. I want you to make more Lego girl people and let them go on adventures and have fun ok!?! Thank you.
Her father posted her letter on social media and thousands of people supported her cause. And maybe Charlotte’s letter played a role in the launch of some new women scientist and astronaut mini-figures earlier this year?
The NASA ones were also inspired by the film Hidden Figures, which tells the story of the role women mathematicians played in getting astronauts to the moon! You can read more about it here in Kate’s competition entry
And there is this letter that three girls wrote to the then US President Barack Obama
Dear Mr President
Two boys that are in our neighbourhood said that girls cannot change the world.
I hope you give us some advice to change the world or help us standup to the two boys.
Delany, Carrigan and Bree
And here’s what the President replied –
Who might you write a letter to?
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