We are big fans toys for everyone – no matter what their gender is! I always loved LEGOS and wanted them when I was young, but I never thought to ask my parents for them when I was growing up because I thought they were only for boys. The silly thing is that I now know my parents would have bought them for me if I just asked.
I have a younger brother who is a chef and has always wanted to create with food. I bet he would have loved an Easy-Bake-Oven, but we never thought to buy him a pink-and-purple “girl toy”. How cool that a 13 year old girl took action and actually made a change!
From the TED Talk site:
McKenna Pope's younger brother loved to cook, but he worried about using an Easy-Bake Oven -- because it was a toy for girls. So at age 13, 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. In a heartening talk, Pope makes the case for gender-neutral toys and gives a rousing call to action to all kids who feel powerless.
When McKenna Pope was 13 she petitioned Hasbro to market its Easy-Bake Oven to boys as well as girls, and to make it available in gender-neutral colors. It worked.
Thanks to McKenna, you can now get an Easy-Bake Oven in pink/purple
or blue/black! (just select the different color option)