Monopoly agrees that “girls matter” This January 2016 photo provided by Carrie Goldman shows a letter sent to Hasbro by her daughter, Annie Rose, complaining that the toymaker did not produce a figurine of Rey, the latest Star Wars movie heroine, for it's Star Wars: Monopoly set. (Carrie Goldman via AP/Disney/Lucasfilm via AP, File)
Monopoly agrees that “girls matter”
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The "Star Wars" version of Monopoly will add a game piece based on the female character Rey after an 8-year-old girl wrote to game maker Hasbro complaining about the omission and telling them, "Girls matter."
 
Carrie Goldman, of Evanston, Illinois, posted a letter on Twitter written by her daughter, Annie Rose, asking why Hasbro left out Rey when she is a main character of the latest movie in the series, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."
 
The letter begins by asking the company why it would exclude the heroine of the story: "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 and the decision to exclude Rey led to a social media debate, with many fans tweeting under the hashtag #WheresRey.
 
Goldman, an author who has written about toys and gender issues, included the hashtag as she tweeted a picture of her daughter's letter to Hasbro.
 
Hasbro responded in a tweet of its own: "We love your passion for Rey and are happy to share that we are including her in the Monopoly: Star Wars game, available later this year."
 
Julie Duffy, a spokeswoman for the Pawtucket, Rhode Island-based company, said it did not include Rey in the game to avoid revealing a key plot line, and the game was released in September, months before the movie was released, though Goldman noted that at the time it was well-known that Rey would be a central character.
 
Goldman said the response to Annie Rose's letter shows she struck a nerve and people are ready for a change.
 
"A huge number of the messages I'm getting are from men; this is not a women's issue, it's about representing the hero of this film," she said.
 
Duffy said anyone who already bought a Rey-less game can contact Hasbro when the updated game comes out and request their own Rey token.

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COMMENTS (4)
  • holdeno-3-bar
    1/14/2016 - 07:23 p.m.

    Both kinds of medias brought about change by gathering support from other people. When talking about how people reached Hasbro, the author said that "an 8-year-old girl wrote to Hasbro [...] [the mom] posted [the] letter on Twitter" (par 1-2) Multiple types of media were used in this petition, including old-fashioned "snail mail" and the new social media to get out the request. The combination of these tactics produced more change than only one of them could have.
    I liked this article because it dealt with Star Wars, which is one of my favorite movie franchises.

  • madelinew-1-bar
    1/15/2016 - 04:12 p.m.

    Over the past few years, girls and boys all over the world have been fighting for woman's rights. This example of a little girl fighting for a girl character to be in a board game has begun to bring about change.
    I really like this article. I thought it was sweet that Carrie felt so strongly about this issue and I hope I can help in the future too.

  • briannec-ste
    1/21/2016 - 04:59 p.m.

    The spokeswoman said how they didn't want to reveal a big plot line in the movie then it was stated later that it was already known that Rey was a main character. I also feel in a way proud for this little girl who brought this up. Saying girls matter started a little change.

  • aidanc2-sch
    2/26/2016 - 12:43 p.m.

    I think that thanks to that girls letter and the demand of the media brought ray in to monopoly and I think that this shows that together you can do anything.

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