Hasbro is getting slightly political with their new version of Monopoly in which girls and women have a built-in edge. For example, female players of Ms. Monopoly get $1,900 from the bank at the start of the game, while male players gets $1,500. Similarly, female players collect $240 when they pass “go,” while males get $200. The idea is to call attention to the gender pay gap that exists in the real world.
MEET MS. MONOPOLY! Mr. Monopoly's niece, a self-made investment guru, is here to celebrate women trailblazers and update a few things. It’s about time! pic.twitter.com/ETSBK7TtWj
— Hasbro (@Hasbro) September 10, 2019
To further the theme, players do not invest in real estate. Instead, they put their money into inventions by women, from bulletproof vests to solar heating to chocolate chip cookies. As for the character of Ms. Monopoly on the front of the box, Hasbro says she is the niece of the usual Monopoly mascot, Rich Uncle Pennybags. “It’s a way that families can talk about what is happening around them,” a Hasbro marketing exec says. Not everybody is thrilled. Some think the company is suggesting that women need assistance to win.