From the Mind of a Board Gamer

Founding Mothers of Board Games


Like most things in life board games are not free from controversy. Whether we are talking about the 1971 game by the name of Sexism where winning as a female character has the game declare you a human and should be treated accordingly. Or if you open up the rule book of your favourite board game, chances are that players will only be referred to as he/his and no mention of any other type of player. However, I am here to enlighten you on how much of an impact women have had in the board game community.

Eleanor Abbott: The creator of the game Candy Land, developed while she was recovering from polio is 1948. After making the game and playing it with the children in the same ward, Abbott later submitted the idea to Milton Bradley Company. Once Candy Land was published in 1949 it became one of the best-selling board game.

Leslie Scott: The creator of the game Jenga, the release was in 1983. Scott was born in Tanzania, Africa and had lived in East Africa where she grew up learning English, and Swahili from the name Jenga derived from, as it means “build.”

Elizabeth Magie: The creator of a game called The Landlord’s Game, however some very shady and underhanded business you may know the game as Monopoly. After selling the patent rights to The Landlord’s Game the Parker Brothers they changed the name to Monopoly and took full credit for the idea. For a more in-depth look at the events, you can read here.