Times caption: Hasbro claims its “fresh new” version makes female empowerment relevant
A piece by Will Pavia, a New York based journalist with The Times, in today’s edition:
The boardrooms of US companies are dominated by men, and women earn less on average than their male counterparts. But there is now at least one board where women dominate.
In the latest version of Monopoly women earn more than men and players are required to invest in start-ups led by female entrepreneurs.
Ms Monopoly was billed by Hasbro, its maker, as “a game that would celebrate and inspire female entrepreneurs everywhere”. [J4MB: Why do women relentlessly need celebration, inspiration, role models… what is WRONG with women?] Female players receive $1,900 in Monopoly money, while male players get $1,500. Women get $240 for passing go but men still receive $200.
Jen Boswinkel, a director of marketing at Hasbro, said that “it felt right” to bring the issue of female empowerment to Monopoly “in a fresh new way”. She added: “It’s giving the topic some relevancy to everyone playing it that everybody gets a turn, and this time women get an advantage at the start.”
The Monopolists, a book by Mary Pilon on the game’s origins, suggests that it was created in 1903 by Elizabeth Magie, whose idea was then taken over by a man.
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