explains how women have played a huge role in Palaeontology in the past already and should continue to do so in the future as well. Girls are interested in science just like boys and Lottie does support that by providing dolls that inspire girls to build robots, engage in stargazing or become a fossil hunter.
The Lottie Effect
It is often said that what we play with as kids greatly influences what we go on to do as adults. Fortunately though, toy companies have caught on to the fact that little girls like science and have started giving them what they want. Take for example, the Lottie Doll. She’s every bit as pretty and lovely as any Malibu Stacy-type, but with the added bonus that her hobbies include digging up fossils and exploring space, like Dora the Explorer, but for a slightly older demogaph. The positive effects of the likes of Dora and Lottie are clear to see. No longer do girls’ toys encourage them to aspire only to obtain makeovers and dream houses. The girl of today plays with a doll who works hard and provides for herself. Of course, that doesn’t mean it’s a ‘one or the other’ scenario.
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