Romney's 'Binders of Women' Comment Was No Big Deal

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romneyThere was a young lady at the presidential debate on Tuesday night that asked the candidates to discuss the mythical wage gap between the genders. Bless her heart; she seemed to not know that the idea that women make less money than men when all things are considered equal has been blown out of the water again and again.

Touting his substantial record on employing women in high-level positions, Mitt Romney said that when he became governor of Massachusetts, he insisted upon seeing resumes from female applicants for his cabinet positions.

He said:

We took a concerted effort to go out and find women who had backgrounds that could be qualified to become members of our cabinet. I went to a number of women’s groups, and they brought us whole binders full of women.

Queue the polygamy jokes. You know, because it totally matters that Mitt Romney belongs to a religion that outlawed polygamy more than a century ago. Way to keep it relevant, guys!

Anyway, since Team Obama wants to talk about the unequal and unfair treatment of women, let’s go ahead and talk about it.

Since Barack Obama took office, the number of women living in poverty has climbed to a record high 25.7 million. That amounts to 16.3% of American women living in poverty -- the highest rate in seventeen years. Women have been disproportionately affected by Obama’s economy, and he is trying to convince voters that he cares about women.

In Obama’s world, caring must mean something different than it does in mine, because he pays his female staffers significantly less than their male counterparts. Women that work for Obama have complained about a “hostile workplace,” and being made to feel like “a piece of meat.”

Meanwhile, Mitt Romney employed more females in top state positions in Massachusetts than any other governor, and he worked with them on flexible scheduling so they could spend more time with their families. Heck, he even helped Cindy Gillespie move into her house when she took a job on his staff after having worked with him for the Salt Lake City Olympics.

It’s silly for President Obama to attack Mitt Romney for having binders full of women’s resumes. He probably needed those binders because the GOP has so many qualified females that it was the only way to keep them all organized. 

2012 election, barack obama, discrimination, economy, election, feminism, in the news, mitt romney, politics, women's issues


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Laura-Kathleen Redman

Oh, okay.  If Obama said the same thing, you'd be crucifying him right now. 

Both candidates make laughable mistakes.  It's okay to laugh at your own, Jenny.

Histo... HistoryMamaX3

Truthfully, I would imagine that 80% of all those passing along the jokes or making comments have no idea what Romney really said. They are just following blindly with the facebook jokes and media headlines. It's sad, really, how uneducated people on both sides really are. We, as a society, don't care about facts- we just want to trash the 'other' side.

fleur... fleurdelys3110

Thank you for supporting this with some real facts Jenny. The truth is that women are worse off than they were four years ago. There is no way to spin those numbers. Good luck trying, Dems

Brandt Hardin

Romney is a rich pariah who simply can’t identify with ANY average American through his fog of lies, binders full of women and network of havened money.  Smug comments only exemplify his elitism and show how out of touch he is. It's time we tell Mitt he can’t buy this election! Read about the role of his money and his Magic Mormon Underwear are playing in the polls at

Saerise Saerise

If Obama had said? Of course we'd be making fun of him some. I think people are taking this completely out of proportion, and furthermore they are completely ignoring the context. 


That said, some of the meme pictures I've seen are HILARIOUS! I had a good time giggling.

NatAndCo NatAndCo

The comment about binders full of women isn't a big deal a long as you ignore the lies that preceded it.

Yes i know Obama lied too blah blah blah, stop deflecting. Obama lies don't negate Romney's lies and vice versa.

itsgrim itsgrim

I love this new "gaffe" that has the anti-Romney folks all giddy.  It's so stupid - I mean, it was an awkward statement, but everyone knew what he meant.  Liberals hate him so much, they're willing to look like idiots who couldn't figure out what he meant.  At least, I hope it's that they're willing to look like idiots....hmmmmmmmm.....

Pinkmani Pinkmani

I didn't even notice that he said "binders of women" and when I went back to watch it, I didn't find it offensive. The media as usual takes what these men say out of context and turn it into a bunch of crap. Romney didn't say it with any malice. 

Rob Jarrett

Has anyone in here, more specially the author of this article, done any fact checking on Romney and his binders full of women? It was MassGAP that brought these 'binders' to him. When Romney first took office as governor, upper level positions were 30% women. Yet at the end of his governorship, the numbers fell to 25%. When he was heading Bain Capital, only 8% of women were represented in senior management positions; for those that can't add, 92% of the time males were appointed. And yet this man also vetoed a bill in MASS that would require hospitals to provide emergency contraception to rape victims. This alone is sickening enough that if this was all I knew about the man, I still wouldn't vote for him. And if was so successful, why did he back out of running for a 2nd governorship term? The man's a sleazeball- he didn't have binders full of women, MassGAP did and they approached him to try and lower the gender scale so more women were in higher positions.

SickO... SickOfMorons

Rob, don't confuse them with facts.

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