October 17, 2012

Binders FULL of Women!

I can't not jump on this one - this is your friendly morning reminder that not only was Romney's binders full of women remark patronizing, but it was a lie.

Via David Bernstein

What actually happened was that in 2002 — 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.
....Note that in Romney's story as he tells it, this man who had led and consulted for businesses for 25 years didn't know any qualified women, or know where to find any qualified women. So what does that say?
 So to summarize, Romney did not seek out these binders full of qualified women - 25 years of business experience apparently had not taught him how. Prior to the election, information about qualified women was put together and handed to him, and his answer to the wage gap was to take credit for that, and then assure us that the Free Market would provide a flexible workplace because there would just be so many jobs that businesses would even hire women!

Uh. Sure. You tell us how that works out for you.

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