Big Sister Gets Company to Redesign Toy So Her Little Bro Can Enjoy It Too

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easy bake oven boyJust as amazing as New Jersey eighth-grader McKenna Pope's ability to get things done is her motivation to do so -- not many teens I know would go to the length that she did to right a wrong her 4-year-old brother brought to light. You see, McKenna's brother exclaimed proudly that he wanted an Easy-Bake Oven from Santa, but thought that only girls played with it, since the commercial only had girls in it. McKenna was rightfully annoyed with the situation and contacted toy-makers Hasbro to see if they could change their marketing to include and encourage boy users.

After over 40,000 people signed her petition, McKenna and her little brother have received their answer from Hasboro.

The venerable toy company invited McKenna and her family up to their headquarters in Rhode Island to view and give their thoughts on a new black and silver Easy-Bake Oven they've had in the works for over 18 months.

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McKenna's reaction? She's thrilled and says the company's doing everything she asked, including putting boys in the ads.

It's hard to decide what's most impressive about this young lady -- her tenacity and her ability to make change, or the selfless and protective love she has for her little brother.

Some siblings, especially young teens, don't, let's say, get along with other members of their family, let alone their pesky kid brothers, but McKenna is a shining example of a sibling relationship gone right. She's not only smart enough to have seen an injustice with the Easy-Bake Oven and to do something about it, but she's genuine and caring enough to fight on behalf of her pre-K brother, who doesn't have a voice.

Her mother must be so proud. It's a beautiful thing when your children show you, and the world, that they've got each other's backs.

The blue and silver Easy-Bake Oven hits shelves this spring.

What's the proudest mom moment you've had?


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dirti... dirtiekittie

honest question here (not being a grinch, i swear!) - if her petition with 40,000 signatures was started this year, how did she really win anything with hasbro? they admitted the "black and silver toy oven has been in production for 18 months". so it sounds to me like they were already working on it when she brought up her petition. 

MsRkg MsRkg

^^ same thought I had.

Ashle... AshleyB1984

The first two commenters are jerks.I got goosebumps reading this. What a nice girl for doing that. I'd love to see if your children would take this innitiative on their own. Trying is all that matters.

nonmember avatar kaerae

My boys would have loved this. I always wondered why they halved their market share on this one, like boys don't like cookies!

nonmember avatar LT

I think this is awesome regardless if the plan was already in the works not! My 4 year old son also said he wants an easy back oven for Christmas. We plan on getting one for him despite the color....he said the color is pretty :) I can see how it would turn away little boys seeing that their are only girls in the commercials. This is good to here though...I am sure there are plenty more boys out there who will now own Easy Bake Ovens...and they arent just for girls!! :)

dirti... dirtiekittie

@ashleyb - i'm not a jerk, but thanks. as i mentioned, i was NOT trying to be a grinch, i was asking a genuine question. 

nonmember avatar lt

here is another article:

Sarah UsedtobeZech Cone

Sure they had already had the black and silver one "in the making" but I'm curious as to whether they would have had boys in the commercials/for marketing if not for this young lady...just because it's not pink doesn't mean it was automatically going to be marketed for boys as I know plenty of little girls that HATE pink so I'm not going to make that assumption.Regardless, what this girl did was AMAZING.

CPN322 CPN322

dirtiekittie - The one coming out is blue so perhaps that was her doing. Also, she suggested to them to use boys in the ad and perhaps they hadn't thought of that. Regardless, what she won was the admiration of her little brother that now knows his big sister cares an awful lot about him :)

What a bright and kind little girl!

CPN322 CPN322

Sarah UsedtobeZech Cone - good point. I have hated pink since I was 4(no clue why I liked it before that or what made me stop liking it) and would have much rather had a black one.

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