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New Ms. Monopoly game takes aim at the gender pay gap

Hasbro looks to support female innovators both in the game and out.

This March 15, 2017, photo shows the ducky, one of three new tokens that will be included in upcoming versions of the board game Monopoly in Atlantic City, N.J. Hasbro Inc. revealed the results of voting on Friday, March 17, 2017. Leaving the game will be the boot, wheelbarrow and thimble tokens.

Hasbro announced plans on Tuesday to celebrate women’s empowerment with a new twist on an old board game.

The new Ms. Monopoly game is aiming to bring attention to the gender pay gap, trying to upend it by paying female players more than men, according to CNBC.

Female players will be given $1,900 in Monopoly money at the beginning of the game, while male players will still receive the standard $1,500, according to USA Today.

Additionally, female players will collect $240 after passing “go” on the board, instead of the $200 that will still be given to men.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics, as reported by CNBC, released data for the second quarter of 2019 showing that women earn 81.4% of what their male co-workers make. For women of color, the gap is worse.

Ms. Monopoly will also differ from the original game by allowing players to invest in inventions created by women, instead of buying property, USA Today reports. The game will feature bulletproof vests, Wi-Fi and chocolate chip cookies, among other inventions made by women.

Hasbro is looking to celebrate female innovators outside of the game as well. According to Fox Business, Hasbro gifted three young female inventors with $20,580 to “fuel their innovative spirit and further their projects.”

“We want to recognize and celebrate the many contributions women have made to our society and continue to make on a daily basis,” Jen Boswinkel, Hasbro’s senior director of global brand strategy and marketing, said in a statement, reported by CNBC

Ms. Monopoly is available for pre-order and will become available later this month.