"Sweet Victory: Sexism-Free Easy Bake Oven On The Way"
Over the past few weeks, tens of thousands of people — including big-name chefs — called on Hasboro, producer of the Easy Bake Oven, to advertise to end their sexist advertising and market to both boys and girls equally.
Hasbro says it will soon reveal a gender-neutral Easy-Bake Oven after meeting with a New Jersey girl who started a campaign calling on the toy maker to make one that appeals to all kids.[...]
It was there that they showed off a prototype of their newest Easy-Bake. It’s black, silver and blue, rather than purple and pink.
McKenna says the company is doing everything she asked, including putting boys in the ads.
Hasbro says it’s been working on the new color scheme for about 18 months. It says it could be on store shelves next summer.
Hasboro’s decision shows good political will toward consumers, and it makes sense, with the growing media around the campaign. But there’s still a long way to go before advertisers and companies taking gendered marketing out of their repertoire.