'Binders full of women' goes viral

Women were a speaking point in last Tuesday’s presidential debate, and both President Obama and Governor Romney had their opinions on the matter.

Obama’s main point was that, “Women are increasingly the breadwinners in the family. These are not just women’s issues. These are family issues. These are economic issues. That’s been one of the hallmarks of my administration. I’m going to continue to push on this issue for the next four years.”

However, it was Romney that took social media by storm.

Romney boasted that as governor of Massachusetts, he was so frustrated by the lack of qualified female candidates for positions in his cabinet that he sent women’s groups out to actively recruit them.

“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,” he said.

However, the “binder” of women’s résumés was prepared before the election by the Massachusetts Government Appointments Project, a coalition of nonpartisan women’s groups.

When Romney won, the women — not in binders — gave him the résumés.

This still didn’t even help him.

A study by the University of Massachusetts and the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy shows that the percentage of women in senior positions during his tenure actually declined.

It went from 30 percent when Romney took office to 27 percent, and when he left, it went up to more than 33 percent after the new governor took over.

Also, it perplexes me that throughout his long career in business, Romney had not come across any qualified women he could appoint to his Cabinet, interesting. Is it not?

Sometimes I wonder if he thinks before he opens his mouth.

Sure, both sides need to watch what they say, and they both say some “what the heck did he just say that for” things, but some of the things Romney said during this last debate literally blew my mind.

The general discord when it comes to the governor and women went even further during the debate.

Romney not only couldn’t answer the question about women’ equality, but he could not even answer a question about out-lawing AK-47s without bringing up single mothers.

He said he did not believe in changing gun laws, but he seemed to equate children raised by single parents with the “culture of violence.”
First of all, think of all of the single mothers in our country.

Secondly, think about whom you say those things to, especially when a single mother raised the president that you are standing next to.

I may be wrong, but I don’t think that is a good strategy to get struggling single moms to vote for you.

Nor is it a generally good way to get any woman to vote for you.

I for one have a résumé that will eventually get me into my desired field, but I will get there on my own, without being a part of “a binder filled with women.”