When one little girl noticed that there were only 5 female characters in the game “Guess Who?”, and 19 males, she did what any 6-year-old would do — fire off a letter to Hasbro.
Here’s the letter in full, via Jezebel:
My name is R______. I am six years old. I think it’s not fair to only have 5 girls in Guess Who and 19 boys. It is not only boys who are important, girls are important too. If grown ups get into thinking that girls are not important they won’t give little girls much care.
Also if girls want to be a girl in Guess Who they’ll always lose against a boy, and it will be harder for them to win. I am cross about that and if you don’t fix it soon, my mum could throw Guess Who out.
My mum typed this message but I told her what to say.”
Hasbro did send a letter back, but it didn’t quite get to the heart about why there were less females than males in the game. Wrote back Hasbro to precocious young consumer: “The game is not weighted in favour of any particular character, male or female.”
Except…there are 5 girls and 19 boys.
At this point, Mom stepped in and said “HEY!” (I’m paraphrasing) and Hasbro responded again with not only an acknowledgement that having a more gender-balanced game in the future might be a good thing, but sending a link from where to print out more female characters for the game.
Now how about getting more female characters in those action figure assortment packs?
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