If you’re looking for a way to make your son feel the pain of the gender pay gap, Hasbro has the answer. The toy maker will release Ms. Monopoly, a modified version of the classic board game that aims to spark debate about the 21% pay gap between men and women.
You might think that the original board game solved the pay gap issue by treating all players equally, but you’d be wrong. In this version, female players will start with $1,900 in Monopoly money, with males will begin the game with just $1,500. When a female player passes go, she’ll earn $240, while males will get the usual $200.
The banker doles out $1,900 in Monopoly Money to each female player and $1,500 to each male. The gap continues every time a player passes go with women collecting $240 and men $200. Beyond pay, the game will center its theme around female empowerment:
Jen Boswinkel, senior director of global brand strategy and marketing for Hasbro Gaming, said, “with all of the things surrounding female empowerment, it felt right to bring this to Monopoly in a fresh new way,” Boswinkel said. “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.”
Instead of investing in real estate properties like the classic game, players invest in inventions and innovations made by women, including chocolate chip cookies, bulletproof vests, solar heating and ladies’ modern shapewear.
The game should be a big hit with families who want to insert gender politics into their family fun time.
And isn’t the first time the board game maker hit a bit of controversy. Last year Hasbro released Monopoly Socialism as parody. Socialists took to social media, offering the historically consistent complaint that the game didn’t represent real socialism.
In our increasingly politicized society, it’s getting harder and harder to say, “it’s just a game!”