McKenna Pope Makes a Moving Case for Gender-Neutral Toys in a TEDYouth Talk

When she was 13, McKenna Pope successfully started a petition asking Hasbro to change the Easy-Bake Oven and make it more available to boys. In this TEDYouth talk, she discusses her experience campaigning for gender-neutral toys.

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.

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