Few know that Elizabeth Margie was the original inventor of the still highly popular board game Monopoly that was patented in 1903. Initially, she called it the Landlord’s Game. Margie was a Quaker and had invented the game as a reflection on the greed of landlords who wanted to own everything (i.e., be a monopoly). Many were circulated in the 1920s and the game became well known; it was the prototype of Monopoly. Then in 1924, houses and hotels were added to improve the game, moralist issues were forgotten after that. This was not the game-version we know today, which was invented by Charles Darrow in 1933, who introduced the unique players’ markers, etc. He got a new patent, after much argument with the examiners. Charles Darrow, would ultimately make a fortune off the board game, while Margie reportedly earned just $500 — probably less than it cost her to patent the concept in the first place. #womenshistorymonth2021 #netde #powerofwecsd