Ms. Monopoly is here. But what took so long given that the game was a woman's idea?

Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Entertainment News

Move over, Mr. Monopoly There's a new entrepreneur in town, and she's taking over the boardroom, er, boardgame.

Toymaker Hasbro Inc. on Tuesday announced the launch of Ms. Monopoly, a modernized reboot of its iconic money-making boardgame meant to celebrate female trailblazers and create a world where women actually make more money than men. It also belatedly connects a little-known fact about Monopoly: A woman invented it more than a century ago.

There's a new mascot on the game's cover too, the brunette Ms. Monopoly, who replaces the dapper, top-hat wearing Mr. Monopoly, and she's also a real-estate mogul. Alas, she does not sport a monocle, but she does wear some pretty mean M-shaped earrings.

"The Ms. Monopoly game marks the first time in the franchise's history where a new character will grace the cover -- and while Mr. Monopoly is a real-estate mogul, Ms. Monopoly is an advocate whose mission is to invest in female entrepreneurs," according to a statement from Hasbro.

The capitalism game now features a whole new look but similar classic gameplay. The coveted Park Place, railroads and their ilk are replaced by WiFi, ride-sharing tiles and groundbreaking inventions and innovations made possible by women throughout history, including chocolate chip cookies, solar heating and, yes, even modern shapewear.

Instead of building houses and hotels, players build business headquarters. The game pieces include a hard hat, wristwatch, book, jet, goblet and freeweight.


"Ms. Monopoly celebrates everything from scientific advancements to everyday accessories -- all created by women," Hasbro said.

Incidentally, the Monopoly game was originally the brainchild of a woman named Lizzie Magie at the turn of the 20th century.

According to the 2015 book "The Monopolists," which chronicled the storied history of the iconic American game, Magie was an ardent feminist stuck in a low-wage stenography job. She created what she called the Landlord's Game to propagate the ideas of Henry George, a 19th-century proponent of "single tax theory," who believed that land ownership was the only thing that should be taxed, according to The Times' review of the book.

Her game shared many features with Monopoly as we know it, including play money, properties that could be bought and sold and a "Go to Jail" directive (that still exist in Ms. Monopoly, by the way). When Magie received a patent for her Landlord's Game in 1904, "less than one% of all patents issued in the United States went to women," according to "The Monopolists."


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