Sunday, 22 September, 2019

Ms. Monopoly arrives a century after a woman invented the game

Ms. Monopoly board game Enlarge Image Hasbro
Emmett Howard | 11 September, 2019, 04:57

An interesting footnote in Monopoly's history is that the board game was originally created by a woman, but eventually a man got credit for it.

Then another game designer, Charles Darrow, made his own version of the game, renamed it Monopoly, and in 1935 sold it to Parker Brothers.

"With all of the things surrounding female empowerment, it felt right to bring this to Monopoly in a fresh new way", senior director of global brand strategy and marketing for Hasbro Gaming Jen Boswinkel told USA Today.

Instead of purchasing properties as they move around the board, players will be tasked with investing in these women, whose businesses range from inventing groundbreaking scientific advancements to innovating new lifestyle products.

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On the game box, the classic Rich Uncle Pennybags character is replaced by his "niece" Ms. Monopoly, ready to break the glass ceiling with her gray blazer and cup of coffee.

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Well, the banker gives $1,900 to each female player - but only $1,500 to each male, USA Today said, adding that females get $240 every time they pass "go" while males get the standard $200.

The game is meant to highlight women who have challenged the status quo, said Hasbro, adding that women held only about 10% of all patented inventions.

The visionary board game is just one small step towards full gender equality, of course.

Elizabeth Magie invented a game called The Landlord's Game in 1903 as a protest against big-money corruption during the Gilded Age. She even patented the game in 1904.

Meanwhile, to celebrate next month's launch of Ms. Monopoly and spotlight other women who have challenged the status quo, Hasbro said it surprised several young female inventors and entrepreneurs with the game and approximately $20,580 in real money "to fuel their inventive spirit and further their projects".

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