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After Five Years Of Fighting, Badass Teen Girl Makes Gender Changes A Reality In McDonald's Happy Meals!

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Girl fights for five years to McDonald's to be more gender neutral with their Happy Meal toys!

Antonia Ayres-Brown wasn't just another normal 11-year-old girl. She saw a need for change and worked towards it, not stopping until she had achieved her goal.

It all started when her family went to the McDonald's drive-thru and Antonia got to thinking… what if Happy Meal toys were gender neutral?

She even wrote McDonald's CEO, though all she got back was a note from the customer satisfaction office saying their workers were never told to ask gendered questions when giving out Happy Meal toys.

Antonia wasn't satisfied and so she continued to dig, visiting more McDonald's locations until she was able to put her data into a complaint!

She filed with the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities against McDonald's for their sex-based discrimination.

The Commission said her claim was "absurd." Even though 79% of McDonald's workers weren't asking if she wanted a boys or girls toy with her Happy Meal.

So in her last, greatest move, in summer 2013, she sent children into different Mickey Ds and had them order the Happy Meal.

The kids were usually not asked what toy they'd like and if they went back up and asked for the other gender's toy, they were turned down or told there were no other toys.

When an adult asked? The toy was quickly swapped.

This new evidence allowed Antonia to write McDonald's new CEO and get some change enacted!

McDonald's finally responded:

"It is McDonald’s intention and goal that each customer who desires a Happy Meal toy be provided the toy of his or her choice, without any classification of the toy as a 'boy' or 'girl' toy and without any reference to the customer’s gender. We have recently reexamined our internal guidelines, communications and practices and are making improvements to better ensure that our toys are distributed consistent with our policy."

That's amazing! Antonia is 16 now and has been fighting for this since she was 11!

Perseverance really does pay off!

Way to go, Antonia!

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12 comments to “After Five Years Of Fighting, Badass Teen Girl Makes Gender Changes A Reality In McDonald's Happy Meals!”

  1. 1

    All over a happy meal toy that most kids lose/break in a day or two? No offense, but I think she could have spent that time on a more important issue. I just don't see what the big deal is.

  2. Foo says – reply to this


    Thank God kids are getting smarter younger! This little lady shows maturity, brains and great marketing skills! Great job by the parents!

  3. @Foo says – reply to this


    Maturity? How mature can an 11-year old be when they are still ordering Happy Meals?

  4. Foo2 says – reply to this


    ^^ Mature? How mature can an 11-year old be when they are still ordering Happy Meals?

  5. Nova says – reply to this


    Stupidest thing I have ever read. I never comment on this shit but this seriously grinds my gears. Praising an 11 year old for changing the way McDonalds trades toys? If they already didn't ask for the gender then what's the big damn deal? And correct me if I am wrong but most homosexual individuals prefer to be seen as the opposite, so is it discrimination to tell a gay boy who wishes he was a girl that he gets the girl toy? Wtf. Years wasted for this girl, and more than likely totally influenced by parents.

  6. 6

    She could have spent her time on better things than Happy Meals. I've seen kids and parents a few times ask for a different toy, sometimes they have them, sometimes not.

  7. Ami says – reply to this


    Okay… Why? Was a "gender -based" McDonald's TOY really a big damn deal? Those kids don't care it's just a cheapy little toy,

  8. judith says – reply to this


    first world problems?

  9. Cheyenne says – reply to this


    It's not like the boy has to choice the boys toy or the girls has to choice the girls toy so why is this such a huge issue.If the little girl wants the toy in the happy meal meant for the boy she can just say I want the other toy or if the boys the girls toy it's the other way around. I don't see what's the big deal if little girls like playing with a certain toys because they are female or boys like playing with creation toys because they are male.In the end a girl is a girl and a boy is a boy.

  10. kellee says – reply to this


    I want my dauggter to have girl toys and my sons to have boy toys or the opposite! But I like the choice of barbies vs. trucks. Why do people have to change what isnt broken, isnt our society depreciating enough as it is..go fight for poverty in our nation and feeding our children as well as keeping them in school.

  11. 11

    As a kid I'd always get pissed when I'd get, for example, the Barbie toy and not a Hotwheels car in my happy meals and just this past week I heard them ask the car ahead of me if a happy meal was for a boy or a girl. So, good for her, may she make bigger changes as she grows up. She definitely did more than most can say they've done by that age and shame on everyone finding fault.

  12. Joshua says – reply to this


    There's a lot of gender bias in most retail shopping experiences. I've noticed a lot of females like jeans that were cut for "males" but women prefer the way it makes their particular body look or how they feel about themselves but those jeans are marketed towards "men," so how sexist is that? Don't get me started about fashion designers showcasing their dresses on women, marketing towards women, and selling at women's apparel shops- there's a market for guys who would purchase a dress to wear but don't want the embarrassment of shopping in a woman's only store! And how about retailers always boxing me into which room I can use the facitlites in? They have "Men's" and "Women's" and even "Family" restrooms but that segregates the genders and even points out that some of us who may be babysitting for a friend can't go into the "Family" restroom because the child is not family and since I have no "family" it makes me feel bad! Also I'm too small for most "men's" clothing but I hate shopping in the "boy's" section as it takes away my masculinity so all clothing should be in the "clothing section" and only divided by styles such as tops, bottoms, and underwear but have them all together and you can just choose style and color.(please note that an extremely sarcastic tone should be applied while reading this)