By Suzannah Weiss. Photos: Stocksy.
The consequences of Donald Trump's treatment of women extend far beyond his policies as President. They actually may have affected the way American men interact with women, according to a study in American Economics Review: Papers and Proceedings.
Researchers divided people into pairs, each of which was told to negotiate splitting $20 so that one person was given $15 and the other took home $5. If they couldn't arrive at an agreement, nobody received any money. Some of these games took place in October 2016, and some took place the week after the election.
During the November games, the men were 140 percent more likely to tell the women they were going to take the $15 or leave with nothing. "Prior to the election," the authors wrote, "men were less likely to use such tough strategies against female than against male partners, displaying what could be classified as 'chivalry' toward female partners. Post-election, this deference is replaced with increased aggression."
This strategy hurt the men as well as the women. Because men were less willing to compromise, more pairs ended up with no money.
Study author Corinne Low told The Washington Post that she doesn't know for sure if the election caused this change, but the results are "suggestive that there was some kind of a norm shift," and "that suggests who the leader is could matter."
If the findings can be attributed to the election, they could have huge implications for how men might treat women at work. There's already research to suggest Trump may have found his way into our workplaces. Watching Hillary Clinton lose made 76 percent of women less confident in their own careers, according to an InHerSight survey.
This story originally appeared on Glamour.
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