Maia Weinstock is an American science writer and Lego enthusiast Who Resides In Cambridge, Massachusetts . She graduated from Brown University in 1999, [1] and is Deputy Editor of MIT News . [2] [3]


Before working at MIT, she worked at BrainPOP , [4] and was an editor for and other science publications. [5]

In 2014, Weinstock was cited by Judith Newman of The New York Times as “a Wikipedian who has been instrumental in raising awareness” of the gender imbalance on that online encyclopedia ; Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Wikipedia has an article on: Newman. [4] [6]

In addition to her editing work, Weinstock has been an editor of Wikipedia for a number of years, and has been involved in efforts to reduce the gender gap among editors and articles that occur on the site. This work includes working on a-thons on Ada Lovelace Day , as well. [7]

A fan of Lego mini-figures, she first started building themes for living scientists, the first being her friend Carolyn Porco . [7] Eventually, this included a submission to the Lego Ideas contest called the “Legal Justice League”, which was designed to look like a shorty built legos, and contained miniature versions of Sandra Day O’Connor , Ruth Bader Ginsburg , Sonia Sotomayor , and Elena Kagan . [8] The submission was declined by LEGO as being too political, which led to an increase in publicity for the project, and eventually led to a submission with generic justices. A Boston Globe reporter described Weinstock’s apartment as having ”

In March 2017, Lego announced that it would make a “Women of NASA “, based on a design Weinstock had submitted. [10]


  1. Jump up^ “Goodbye, Columbus” . Brown University Alumni Magazine . August 2009 . Retrieved 30 April 2015 .
  2. Jump up^ “Who We Are” . MIT News . Retrieved 30 April 2015 .
  3. Jump up^ “Women in science target Wikipedia” . Portland Press Herald . 16 October 2013 . Retrieved 26 April 2015 .
  4. ^ Jump up to:b Newman, Judith (January 8, 2015). “Wikipedia, What Does Judith Newman Have to Do to Get a Page?” . The New York Times . Retrieved 30 April 2015 .
  5. Jump up^ “Index” . 2015 . Retrieved 26 April 2015 .
  6. Jump up^ Newman, Judith (January 16, 2014). “Wiki-Validation: A Wikipedia Page for Judith Newman Is Approved” . The New York Times . Retrieved April 30, 2015 .
  7. ^ Jump up to:b Ziv, Stav (18 March 2015). “Legal Justice League Lego Maker on Writing Women Into History” . Newsweek . Retrieved 4 April2015 .
  8. Jump up^ Palmer, Anthony (March 13, 2015). “Lego Says You Can not Build That – Because Of Politics” . NPR . Retrieved 4 April 2015.
  9. Jump up^ Weiss, Joanna (4 April 2015). “Dreaming of Lego equality” . Boston Globe . Retrieved 4 April 2015 .
  10. Jump up^ Kennedy, Merrit (1 March 2017). “Women Of NASA To Be Immortalized – In Lego Form” . NPR .

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