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12/03/2012 10:09 am ET Updated Dec 03, 2012

Easy-Bake Oven Petitioned To Include Boys On Boxes (VIDEO)

Around Christmas eyes turn to toys, and it's hard to buck tradition: Boys get cars and tools and girls get dolls and cupcake stuff.

One precocious 13-year-old girl is trying to change all that, petitioning Hasbro to put an image of a boy on its Easy-Bake Oven box.

McKenna Pope of Garfield, N.J. has more than 17,000 signatures on on Change.org petition. Pope was inspired by her little brother's love of cooking to start the petition, and writes: "I want my brother to know that it's not 'wrong' for him to want to be a chef, that it's okay to go against what society believes to be appropriate." (She makes her case in this adorable video.)

While Pope is definitely right that young girls are encouraged to cook much more than boys, women are seriously outnumbered by men in the cooking world and female chefs make around 24 percent less than male chefs.

In her video, Pope says: "We continue to force this stereotype that men don't cook, they work. Please, sign this petition and join me in my fight to create gender equality in our products and in our youth."

Read and sign the petition to Hasbro.

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