There weren't many other women in Debbie Sterling's engineering courses while she was attending Stanford University, and the lack of gender parity in technical fields eventually led her to start a toy company called GoldieBlox. "I'm creating a toy company that teaches little girls what engineering is, making it fun and accessible the way Lego and Erector sets have done for boys for over 100 years," she said. Her company's first product was funded on Kickstarter and is due to ship early next year.

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