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updated: 12/12/2012 12:15 PM

NJ girl to meet with Easy-Bake team at Hasbro over gender-neutral colors

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  • Toy maker Hasbro says it has invited 13-year-old McKenna Pope and her family to meet with its Easy-Bake team Monday at its Pawtucket headquarters. Pope started petition demanding the toy company make its Easy-Bake Oven more boy friendly. She was inspired to do so when her 4-year-old brother Gavyn Boscio put the oven on his Christmas wish list. The petition garnered more than 30,000 signatures in a little more than a week.

      Toy maker Hasbro says it has invited 13-year-old McKenna Pope and her family to meet with its Easy-Bake team Monday at its Pawtucket headquarters. Pope started petition demanding the toy company make its Easy-Bake Oven more boy friendly. She was inspired to do so when her 4-year-old brother Gavyn Boscio put the oven on his Christmas wish list. The petition garnered more than 30,000 signatures in a little more than a week.
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  • Hasbro's newest version of their famous "Easy Bake Oven."

      Hasbro's newest version of their famous "Easy Bake Oven."
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- A New Jersey girl who started a campaign calling for an Easy-Bake Oven in gender-neutral colors is planning to meet with the people who design it.

Toy maker Hasbro says it has invited 13-year-old McKenna Pope and her family to meet with the Easy-Bake team Monday at its Pawtucket headquarters.

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Hasbro's Julie Duffy says they invited McKenna in to listen to her thoughts and ideas.

McKenna was prompted to start an online petition after she wanted to buy an Easy-Bake Oven for her 4-year-old brother and found them only in purple and pink. Several top chefs, including Bobby Flay, have since asked Hasbro to make them in more colors.

Duffy says Hasbro has made the toy in gender-neutral colors in the past and believes it's great for girls and boys.

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