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Two weeks ago an eighth grader named McKenna Pope
made waves when she created a Change.org petition to convince Hasbro to make a more gender neutral Easy-Bake Oven so that she could buy one for her four-year-old brother, who loves to cook but is a little small to work with a real oven on his own. The Easy-Bake Oven has a long history and has come in a number of colors including green, yellow, and orange over the years, but ever since 1993 the oven has come in shades of purple, pink, and teal and marketing has tended to exclusively feature girls using it.
Well, Pope's petition got enough notice that Hasbro invited her and her family to its headquarters to look over their prototype for the next Easy-Bake Oven in black, silver, and blue, and say they're even planning to return boys to the ads and packaging for the toy!