A new edition of Hasbro’s Monopoly board game is tackling the gender pay gap by automatically paying women players more than men for completing the same tasks.
Ms. Monopoly starts female players on £1,900 while males will begin £400 short on £1,500. Women will also automatically earn more than men as they make their way around the board, collecting 240 Monopoly currency for passing go, while men continue to receive the traditional stipend of 200.
Hasbro says the new mechanics provide “a fun new take on the game that creates a world where women have an advantage often enjoyed by men”, and hopes the changes will educate young players about the gender pay gap.
Also taking a backseat is top hat-toting Rich Uncle Pennybags Ms. Monopoly, the eponymous mascot of the board game’s latest edition.
But men aren’t left out in the cold entirely. The final girl-powered gameplay twist gives chaps an equal chance to out-earn their opponents should they invest wisely. Doing away with property, players instead invest their money in inventions created by women, such as bulletproof vests, chocolate chip cookies and stem-cell isolation techniques.
Other updates modernise the facilities – swapping waterworks for Wi-Fi, for example – and bring a new collection of tokens to the board, including a white hat, a glass and a wrist watch.
Of course, as with every game of Monopoly, Hasbro is open to house rules which give all payers equal pay and opportunities.