GIRL RAISES GEN­DER EQ­UITY IN STAR WARS MONOPOLY

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providence, r.i.» The Star Wars version of Monopoly will add a game piece based on the fe­male char­ac­ter Rey af­ter an 8-year-old girl wrote a com­plaint to gamemaker Has­bro about the omis­sion, telling the com­pany, “Girls mat­ter.”

Car­rie Gold­man, of Evanston, Ill., this week posted on Twit­ter a let­ter writ­ten by her daugh­ter, An­nie Rose, ask­ing why Has­bro left out Rey when she is a main char­ac­ter in “The Force Awak­ens,” the lat­est movie in the Star Wars se­ries.

The let­ter be­gins by ask­ing the com­pany why it would ex­clude the film’s hero­ine, adding: “With­out her THERE IS NO FORCE AWAK­ENS! It awak­ens in her! And with­out her, the bad guys would have won! Be­sides, boys and girls need to see that women can be as strong as men! Girls mat­ter!”

The orig­i­nal game in­cludes just four pieces, all mod­eled on male char­ac­ters: Luke Sky­walker, Darth Vader, Finn and Kylo Ren. The de­ci­sion to ex­clude Rey led to a so­cial me­dia de­bate, with many fans tweeting un­der #WheresRey.

Has­bro on Wed­nes­day said it did not in­clude Rey to avoid re­veal­ing a key plot line.

The game was re­leased in Septem­ber, months be­fore the movie was re­leased.

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