born 1866

Elizabeth Magie Phillips was a game maker. And a game changer. She's one of the many female inventors that history lost until recently...when strong evidence emerged for Lizzie being the original creator of the world's most popular board game ~ Monopoly.

A self-supporting stenographer with several patents to her name and renaissance woman who dabbled with writing, acting and engineering, Lizzie's games were labors of love. They were designed as fun introductions to the causes she cared about, especially economic fairness for women and workers. Play a Lizzie masterpiece, and you just might learn something along the way!

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her quotes

all quotes by Lizzie Magie (8)

"It might well have been called the 'Game of Life,' as it contains all the elements of success and failure in the real world, and the object is the same as the human race in general seem to have, i.e., the accumulation of wealth."

The Landlords' Game | january 1902

"Little landlords take a general delight in demanding the payment of their rent."

The Landlords' Game | january 1902

"There are those who argue that it may be a dangerous thing to teach children how they may thus get the advantage of their fellows, but let me tell you there are no fairer-minded beings in the world than our own little American children."

Th?e Landlords' Game | january 1902

"Let the children once see clearly the gross injustice of our present land system and when they grow up, if they are allowed to develop naturally, the evil will soon be remedied."

The Landlords' Game | january 1902

"I have often been called a 'chip off the old block,' which I consider quite a compliment, for I am proud of my father for being the kind of 'old block' that he is."

Rivals Mary M'Lane | october 1903

"rare and versatile dramatic ability; a born entertainer; strong bohemian characteristics, can appreciate a good story at the same time she is deeply and truly religious—not pious"

Young Woman American Slave | january 1905

"We are not machines. Girls have minds, desires, hopes and ambition."

Young Woman American Slave | january 1906

"I am thankful that I was taught how to think and not what to think."

Would Be Slave Girl Is Glad She Is Alive | october 1909
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curated with care by Alicia Williamson {july 2015}