GIRL RAISES GENDER EQUITY IN STAR WARS MONOPOLY
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.