The iconic Monopoly board game has been given a feminist update that is so necessary for kids who grow up playing it..
Hasbro's original version of the game's mascot was an old mustached white man named Mr. Monopoly; now the new mascot is "his niece, Ms. Monopoly." Instead of investing in properties, players will now invest in famous inventions created by brilliant women.
This game will open up the conversation from a young age about the wage gap and how to overcome gender disparity in the workplace. Plus, it provides young girls with another role model.
Other than the economic boost to women, the rules of the game are pretty much the same as its predecessor.
Another addition to the classic game is that players can build business headquarters to make even more rent. Plus, the utilities that players can purchase are also specific to those created by women, like solar heating. Overall, the game shines a light on the important contributions women have made to society, and pays them extra for it. The extra money at the beginning and while passing "Go" will be a way to spark conversation about wage inequality from a young age.
The board game is selling out quickly, but would make a great present to any young woman. Its catchphrase, "The First Game Where Women Make More Than Men," is again a reference to wage inequality. While it may seem silly for a board game to try to combat this issue, it's about raising awareness and helping people understand more about women in the workplace.