Ladies, are you tired of the gender pay gap? Are you wondering how to handle yourself during the 202 years it will take to remedy gender pay inequality?
Fret ye not, games giant Hasbro: Ms. Monopoly. Congrats to women everywhere, equality has finally arrived. The glass ceiling? Smashed. The patriarchy? Toppled.
Ms. Monopoly is the "first game where women make more men," according to a slogan on the box. A statement that, alas, can not be uttered about real-life.
Here's a line from the press release that'll make you smile (or weep, most likely): "A fun spin in the game that creates a world where women have an advantage
Hey, if you need a break from agonizing over the fact you earn on average, 85 percent of what you earn in 201
The head-thumping-against-your-desk misery does not end there. In fact, it gets a LOT worse.
Per a Hasbro press release, this is a game which "celebrates women trailblazers."
Huh. Interesting. Kind of like the way Monopoly is celebrating its own woman inventor, Elizabeth Magic? A Woman Who The Monopolists by Mary Pilon – "but not so long ago, and in some cases deliberately written out of it."
Here's a quick recap of how things turned out for the female inventor of Monopoly. Charles Darrow who "dreamed up" the game in the 1930s. Parker Brothers, the beloved New England board game maker – from the brink of destruction, "Per Pilon.
It's a great yarn. But, a yarn is just what this is. Monopoly's origins actually started out when Elizabeth Magie spent her free time making a board game which reflected her highly progressive political views. Landlord's Game in 1903, more than three decades before Parker Brothers began manufacturing Monopoly, "states the extract from the book, New York Times . Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller. "
In 1936, Magic spoke to" The Darrow's Approach to Her Idea " , The Evening Star This process is known as "factoring in lawyers, printers, and patent office fees." Magic died in "relative obscurity" and neither her obituary nor headstone makes any mention of the fact she invented one of the best-selling board games of all time. Magic reportedly only received $ 500 for the game.
Curiously, Hasbro's celebrates celebrating female inventors, makes zero mention of the woman who invented Monopoly. Funny that.
Monopoly's female inventor did not reply immediately.
"Meet Ms. Monopoly! Mr. Monopoly's niece, a self-made investment guru, it's about time!" Hasbro said in a tweet.
It really is about time, is not it?
Unlike the classic version of Monopoly, Ms. Monopoly wants to collect $ 240 when they pass, and wants to collect the standard $ 200.
Wow, thank you, Monopoly. This almost, ALMOST makes up for the centuries of inequality women have done at the hands of men and women.
"Hitting shelves in mid-September, Ms. Monopoly gives new meaning to the franchise, as properties are replaced by groundbreaking inventions and innovations made possible by" press release. Ms. Monopoly celebrates everything from scientific advocements to everyday accessories – all created by women. "
Do not get me wrong, a game that champions female empowerment is a supremely rare and highly laudable concept. One that we honestly love to see more of. And yes, as part of the Ms. Monopoly promotion, Hasbro invested in the projects of three young inventors. But maybe if it comes to championing women inventors, it might be a good idea to sit this one out. Or even give a cursory in the press release. Just a thought.