’s ‘binder full of women’ remark during the second presidential debate got viral even before the debate had ended. Nonetheless, his effort to appeal to female voters seems to have fired back and Romney is once again stuck into a mess of his own making.
In an effort to bend women on his side with just two weeks left in the elections and while responding to a question concerning equal pay for females at work, Mitt Romney said during the Tuesday debate that he wanted to hire more women for state positions than men when he became the Governor of Massachusetts.
“I had the chance to pull together a cabinet, and all the applicants seemed to be men,” he elaborated. “I went to my staff, and I said, ‘How come all the people for these jobs are all men?' They said, ‘Well, these are the people that have the qualifications.’”
Not liking the answer, the feminist avenger began his own ladies’ affirmative action program. “Gosh, can't we find some women that are also qualified?’ Romney said expressing his thought that came to him after he saw the applications. “And so 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 said, ‘Can you help us find folks?’ and they brought us whole binders full of women.”
Romney’s remark however, instantly hit the internet, and generated responses he had never hoped for. For some time the users of Twitter and other social media websites found the remark funny, however, soon enough it prompted some serious discussion.
Many argue that his answer to the question flaunts his gender bias, refusing qualified men just because they are men. Secondly, it suggests Romney willingness to hire women in his cabinet so he could say he has women in his cabinet, not cabinet members. Thirdly, Romney’s answer was in response to a reminder that women earn just 72% of what their male counterparts bring home, and his response was, that’s exactly why I want to hire women, suggesting that women ‘look good and they come cheap’.
To worsen the situation even more, in a conference call by arranged by the Democratic Party, Jesse Mermell, a former executive director of Massachusetts Government Appointments Projects told reporters that “Mitt Romney did not request those resumes”, while he was the Governor of the State.