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Aisles of pink and blue in toy stores. Miniskirts for five-year-old girls and heavy-weight dungarees for five-year-old boys. “Science kit for girls!” that promise a recipe for lip gloss. Every aspect of our kids’ lives is gendered. And when they don’t fall into that neat bucket of what girls should like or what boys should like, it can be tough.

That’s what happened to eight-year-old Sophia Spencer. Sophia loves bugs—especially grasshoppers. She likes to hold them, carry them on her shoulder and explain their virtues to her classmates. Her classmates used to mock her enthusiasm. But that soon turned into an outpouring of support from the entomological community. And now it’s even resulted in her very own byline in the Annals of Entomological Society of America.  

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