Primatologist Shows That Monkeys Believe In Equal Pay For Equal Work

Political leaders take note.

As we move toward the general election, it’s most likely that Donald Trump will be the nominee for the Republican party and Hillary Clinton for the Democrats. A hot-button issue in the 2016 election will be closing the 21-cent gender pay gap. Clinton has been a strong supporter of equal pay for women saying: “When you short-change women, you short-change families and you short-change America.” Like most of his policy positions, Donald Trump has been vague on the issue saying, women are “gonna make the same if you do as good a job.”

If there’s anyone still out there who needs to be sold on the idea of equal compensation, a 2013 Ted Talk shows that even our early ancestors felt strongly about it. Primatologist Frans de Wall had a talk on moral behavior in animals and found that monkeys believe in equal pay, and when compensated equally, they work harder for their “employers” as well. If monkeys can grasp the importance of equal pay for equal work, there may be hope that Donald Trump can understand the concept as well.