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Watch President Obama strike a blow against gendered toys

Lauren Katz is a project manager at Vox, focusing on newsroom-wide editorial initiatives as well as podcast engagement strategy.

"You know what? I just want to make sure some girls play some ball," President Obama said as he knocked out the idea of gendered toys at the annual Toys for Tots volunteer event in early December.

In her opening speech, Michelle Obama welcomed her husband and promised to "break him in slowly" on his first visit. The president got right to work as he sorted toys into separate bins for boys and girls at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C. A basketball, tool kit and tee ball game went straight into the girl bins as families looked on.

"I'm just trying to break down these gender stereotypes," he said.

Obama continued to tackle this issue at his press conference last week, where he called on female reporters for all eight questions.

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