The top-hat wearing Mr. Monopoly is making way for a brand new mascot, Ms. Monopoly in the first version of the timeless board game that celebrates women’s achievements.

Not only does the new Ms. Monopoly game feature a new character, but the game itself has changed. While Mr. Monopoly is a real estate mogul, Ms. Monopoly invests in innovations all made possible by women throughout history. Instead of buying Park Place or a Railroad, players can invest in inventions like WiFi, solar heating and even the all-important chocolate chip cookies.

photo: Courtesy of Hasbro

To celebrate the launch of this new twist on a family favorite, Hasbro awarded young, female inventors and entrepreneurs with $20,580 in real money––the same amount of Monopoly money featured in the game. These prizes were given to young inventors between 13 and 16 years old to help complete their projects, all of which are intended to help others. For example, one recipient, Gitanjali Rao, a 13-year-old from Denver, created an easy to use device which helps detect lead in drinking water.

“Through the introduction of Ms. Monopoly and the money these young women have received to invest in their future projects, we want to recognize and celebrate the many contributions women have made to our society and continue to make on a daily basis,” said Jen Boswinkel, Senior Director, Global Brand Strategy and Marketing, Hasbro.

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Ms. Monopoly, which is priced at $19.99, will hit stores nationwide in mid-September. You can pre-order it now at Walmart.

—Shahrzad Warkentin

 

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