Ms. Frizzle taught me that girls can do science.
The Magic School Bus is so so important, because as a kid I consumed everything having to do with science that I could find, and TMSB was one of the only sources of representation of women in science.
Bill Nye is great but I’m the scientist I am today because of Ms. Frizzle.
When I went to see Emily Graslie in Chicago, she talked about how the first time her desire to be a science-person was squashed, was when she saw Lily Tomlin in person at a midnight show during the SF Gay Pride parade (which, awesome! but apparently for a 10-year-old, not so much), and realized that Ms. Frizzle was not a real person…or even close to one, especially the person who personified her on television.
On the other hand, I love Lily Tomlin for who she is as a comedienne AND as Ms. Frizzle, but that’s probably because I only knew who else she was after I was old enough to easily differentiate the two personas.
The character of Ms. Frizzle sure did help when I was in elementary school, though. I’m sure I would have gone towards history or psychiatry if I hadn’t known of her as early as I did.