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Teen activist campaigns for gender-neutral toys
McKenna Pope shares her thoughts on convincing Hasbro to change the design of the Easy Bake Oven.
Wed, Feb 19, 2014 at 6:32 AM
McKenna Pope was only 13 when she took on one of the largest toy makers in the world and asked them to change the way they made one of their most popular toys - the Easy Bake Oven
. Pope was on a mission to make an Easy Bake Oven that her younger brother - who loved to cook - wouldn't be embarrassed to use.
Pope started an online petition for the American toy company Hasbro
to change the pink-and-purple color scheme on the classic toy and incorporate boys into its TV marketing. She gathered more than 40,000 signatures and the endorsement of a celebrity chef - Bobby Flay - in her campaign.
And somewhere along the way, she realized that she had become an activist. And she was good at it.
In this heartening talk, Pope makes the case for gender-neutral toys and gives a rousing call to action to all kids who feel powerless.
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