She’s got game! Hasbro introduces Ms. Monopoly


Take that Uncle Rich Moneybags.

The Aunts, Glammoms, Moms and Daughters are taking over Monopoly.

To celebrate female empowerment, Pawtucket, Rhode Island-based Hasbro has created a new version of Monopoly where women get more money than men to teach kids about the gender pay gap.

It’s the first time in the history of the game that a new character appears on the front of the box.

Ms Monopoly is a real estate mogul, with a coffee cup labelled with ‘boss’ while the traditional Mr Monopoly stands behind her.

Instead of investing in property, players buy things invented by women, like WiFi, chocolate chip cookies and solar heating. The aim is to celebrate everything from scientific advancements to everyday accessories – all created by women.

Other new additions include updated tokens – a white hat, watch, barbell, glass and jet plane.

ALSO READ: Zoinks! Happy 50th birthday, Scooby-Doo!

Jen Boswinkel, Senior Director, Global Brand Strategy and Marketing, Hasbro, said: “Through the introduction of Ms Monopoly and the money these young women have received to invest in their future projects, we want to recognize and celebrate the many contributions women have made to our society and continue to make on a daily basis.”

The traditional jail, taxes and chance cards remain so it’s still easy to pick up the rules. The company said that as part of the launch, they gave $20,580, which is the amount of Monopoly money featured in the game, in real money to young female inventors and entrepreneurs to help them with future projects.

So who got game?

Sophia Wang, a 16-year-old from Connecticut invented a device that can detect sinkholes before they occur, and after two years of work, her prototype is now 93% accurate. She is hoping to get it patented and in the hands of communities in Florida that are vulnerable to sinkholes.

Gitanjali Rao, a 13-year-old from Denver came up with an invention that helps detect lead in drinking water so that individuals can do the test themselves and get results sooner. Her goal is to create an inexpensive, easy to use, portable device so that people all around the world can use it.

Ava Canney, a 16-year-old from Ireland, invented a spectrometer that measures the amount of dye in candy and soda. After studying the harmful effects of additives in our food, Ava set out to help people make educated decisions about the toxins they put into their bodies.

Ms. Monopoly is available for pre-order now at Walmart and will be available at most major retailers nationwide and in select countries globally starting September 2019 for a suggested retail price of $19.99.

SOURCE: Hasbro