Our talk today comes from a girl who is right about your age.
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 (based right here in Rhode Island!) 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.
I hope her talk will motivate and inspire you all.