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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

"Binders full of women"

This was THE catchphrase of the second presidential debate (and already inspired a tumblr page), but it actually encapsulates an important issue that Romney on fails miserably.  And his story, about how he REQUESTED women for his cabinet (using standard affirmative action techniques, though he would never call it that), isn't even true, as detailed in this article on Alternet.com:

Yes, there was a binder, but no, he didn't seek it out. It was offered to him by an independent group, according to David S. Bernstein of the Boston Phoenix , and since the then-Governor didn't seem to know any "qualified" women himself, he was lucky to receive that binder:
". . . prior to the election, not even knowing yet whether it would be a Republican or Democratic administration -- a bipartisan group of women in Massachusetts formed MassGAP to address the problem of few women in senior leadership positions in state government. There were more than 40 organizations involved with the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus (also bipartisan) as the lead sponsor.  They did the research and put together the binder full of women qualified for all the different cabinet positions, agency heads, and authorities and commissions. They presented this binder to Governor Romney when he was elected."
. . . the real issue, though . . . [is] what does it reveal to us about Mitt Romney that he even needed such a binder and didn't have his own Rolodex full of smart, accomplished professional women colleagues and acquaintances? This is the man who continued to bumble his way through the debate question by referring to his magnanimity in allowing a female employee to get home in time to cook dinner for her family . . .

image from @thatwrengirl



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