Binder-full-of-women

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Hey, I know about that binder! And guess what – Mitt Romney was lying about it.

From the rush transcript

CROWLEY: Governor Romney, pay equity for women?

ROMNEY: Thank you. An important topic, and one which I learned a great deal about, particularly as I was serving as governor of my state, because I had the chance to pull together a cabinet and all the applicants seemed to be men.

And I – and I went to my staff, and I said, “How come all the people for these jobs are – are all men.” They said, “Well, these are the people that have the qualifications.” And I said, “Well, gosh, can’t we – can’t we find some – some women that are also qualified?”

And – and so we – 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.

I was proud of the fact that after I staffed my Cabinet and my senior staff, that the University of New York in Albany did a survey of all 50 states, and concluded that mine had more women in senior leadership positions than any other state in America.

Now one of the reasons I was able to get so many good women to be part of that team was because of our recruiting effort.

Not a true story.

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.

I have written about this before, in various contexts; tonight I’ve checked with several people directly involved in the MassGAP effort who confirm that this history as I’ve just presented it is correct – and that Romney’s claim tonight, that he asked for such a study, is false.

I will write more about this later, but for tonight let me just make a few quick additional points. First of all, according to MassGAP and MWPC, Romney did appoint 14 women out of his first 33 senior-level appointments, which is a reasonably impressive 42 percent. However, as I have reported before, those were almost all to head departments and agencies that he didn’t care about – and in some cases, that he quite specifically wanted to not really do anything. None of the senior positions Romney cared about – budget, business development, etc. – went to women.

Secondly, a UMass-Boston study found that the percentage of senior-level appointed positions held by women actually declined throughout the Romney administration, from 30.0% prior to his taking office, to 29.7% in July 2004, to 27.6% near the end of his term in November 2006. (It then began rapidly rising when Deval Patrick took office.)

Third, 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?

Today Is International Women's Day!

Here are some fun, easy ways for men to celebrate:

  • Ask your boss to only pay you 2/3rds of your regular salary. 
  • Shave off all your body hair.
  • Eat yogurt and salad while laughing today.
  • To mimic period cramps, try stabbing yourself repeatedly in the lower abdomen before work. Sit at your desk all day without mentioning it. 
  • Instagram your nails.
  • Buy a 5th grade math book and get all the answers wrong.
  • Send yourself flowers.
  • Try growing a small human inside your body today.
  • Don’t be funny today. 
  • Buy a binder. Fill it with women.
  • Buy other office supplies, like a printer, manila folders or post it notes. Fill them with women.
  • Eat a lot of chocolate and then laugh with your friends about how you should really be watching your weight.
  • Watch your weight. 
  • Pee on a stick and then wait anxious to see if you’re pregnant. Call an old man to ask for advice about what to do. 
  • Cheat on your wife, get stoned to death. 
  • Try parallel parking, crash into a tree. 
"Binders full of women" Do you even know what you are talking about?

It cracks me up that this is what people look for to bash on Romney because they can’t find anything else.

When Romney was elected governor of Mass. he wanted more Women on his committee than there already was! He added about 10-15 more women. But ya know, he is SO against women. The “binder full of women” is a binder full of applications that he and his staff had gathered of women because not enough applied for the jobs when he said he wanted more. He also wanted to INCREASE their pay so it was more equal to men. But he is such a bad person.

Big Deal that he worded it as “binders full of women” instead of “binders full of applications for women.” Get over yourselves. Next time you word something wrong I would like to see EVERYONE and their mom bitch at you about it.

Here is the actual quote if you want to see it..

“Thank you. An important topic, and one which I learned a great deal about, particularly as I was serving as governor of my state, because I had the chance to pull together a cabinet and all the applicants seemed to be men. And I – and I went to my staff, and I said, ‘How come all the people for these jobs are – are all men.’ They said, 'Well, these are the people that have the qualifications.’ And I said, 'Well, gosh, can’t we – can’t we find some – some women that are also qualified?’ And – and so we – 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. I was proud of the fact that after I staffed my cabinet and my senior staff, that the University of New York in Albany did a survey of all 50 states, and concluded that mine had more women in senior leadership positions than any other state in America. Now one of the reasons I was able to get so many good women to be part of that team was because of our recruiting effort.”

I guess next time Romney just shouldn’t support women or try and get more to be involved.. because they just bitch at him anyways.

Okay, there I am done.