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McKenna Pope:
Want to be an activist? Start with your toys

TEDYouth 2013 · 5:22 · Filmed Nov 2013
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McKenna Pope: Want to be an activist? Start with your toys
5:22 · Filmed November 2013 at TEDYouth 2013 · Subtitles available in 35 languages

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.

Teen activist
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. Full bio
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