A young activist complained that there were no women toy soldiers — and now she's getting her wish.
Six-year-old Vivian Lord wrote a letter to toy companies asking why there were no "girl army men," and received a quick response from Pennsylvania-based BMC Toys. Clearly, no one is too young to make a difference, as Lord's letter has inspired a more diverse line of a classic toy. The toys make an appearance in the Disney classic Toy Story, and again there are no women voices for the little green soldiers.
The story quickly got picked up by major news outlets, which helped push the company to create a line of women figures by Christmas 2020.
Little green army men are some of the most "influential" toys of the past 100 years, according to Time magazine's rankings.
Usually coming in a bucket or a bag, these little toy soldiers have been beloved and passed down through generations. Plus, they were an iconic character in the original Toy Story. Sadly, however, army women have never been included in the bundles.