Mitt Romney talks about “binders full of women” being brought to him when he became governor.
The phrase came out when Romney answered a question from an audience member about how he would “rectify the inequalities in the workplace.”
He said, “I had the chance to pull together a Cabinet, and all the applicants seemed to be men. I went to a number of women’s groups and said, ‘Can you help us find folks?’ and they brought us whole binders full of women.”
Romney’s phrase “binders full of women” became a social media sensation.
Twitter handles @RomneysBinders and @womaninabinder popped up on Twitter. By Wednesday morning 300,000 people supported a Facebook page that says Romney’s “binders” phrase was a politically dumb statement.
Critics say that his phrasing shows why voters, especially women, do not trust him.
The way he answered the question speaks volumes on how the presidential candidate does not understand women’s equality issues.
According to CNN, the story itself was not true. Romney told this story to demonstrate that his administration has done well in hiring women. However, a study by the University of Massachussetts and the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy shows that there was a decline in women in senior positions during his time as governor. According to the study, women in senior positions were at 30% when he took office. When he left, women made up 27% and it went up to 33% when the new governor took over.
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