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Hasbro launches Ms. Monopoly game that pays women more than men

2019-09-10

Here’s one realm where women have a leg up when it comes to earnings.

Hasbro is launching Ms. Monopoly, a female-focused version of the classic board game that starts out by paying female players more than males.

Available in stores starting this month for a suggested retail price of $19.99, it’s the “first-ever game where women make more than men — a fun spin in the game that creates a world where women have an advantage often enjoyed by men,” Hasbro states in a release out Tuesday.

“However, if men play their cards right, they can make more money too,” the toy company adds.

In this new version of Monopoly, women start with $1,900 play dollars, while men start with $1,500.

Men have a chance of catching up if they’re lucky enough to score “Community Chest” cards with instructions like, “You see the newest superhero movie with a female lead, and it’s awesome!,” which awards females players $50 and male players $100.

The new game addresses the gender pay gap. Women only make about 79 cents for every dollar that men make in 2019, on average, according to a recent report from the website PayScale.

As for other changes in the game, properties are replaced by inventions and innovations made by women. And instead of building houses, players can build business headquarters. “From inventions like WiFi to chocolate chip cookies, solar heating and modern shapewear, Ms. Monopoly celebrates everything from scientific advancements to everyday accessories — all created by women,” Hasbro states.

Ms. Monopoly is available for pre-order at Walmart now and will be available at most major retailers nationwide and in select other countries later this month.