Politics Binders Full of Women

Published on October 17th, 2012 | by Rhonda Winter


Romney’s Binders Full of Women Gaffe Spawns New Internet Meme


Mitt Romney has refused to support the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, and has joined his party in virulently attacking Planned Parenthood, as well as women’s access to basic health care. During last night’s debate, while Mittens was decisively not answering a question about the disparity in pay equity for women, the former governor stuck his gold-plated foot directly into his mouth once again.

Binders Full of Women

As he rambled on and did not provide a response to how he would address gender pay differences, the clueless plutocrat patronizingly quipped that when he was in office he was brought “binders full of women”. Before the presidential debate was even over, another hilarious internet meme had been born.

Here are a few images from the newly created Binders Full of Women Tumblr page:

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Binders Full of Women

Binders Full of Women

Binders Full of Women

Britain’s Guardian newspaper highlighted Romney’s presidential debate comments, and summarized the Republican candidate’s clueless blunder like this:

“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.

ZING! There was the shot through his foot. ‘Binders full of women’ became #bindersfullofwomen on Twitter, a Tumblr page and a Facebook page which within half an hour had over 20,000 likes. By the end of the debate that had risen to almost 70,000. Why did the phrase resonate? Because it was tone-deaf, condescending and out of touch with the actual economic issues that women are so bothered about. The phrase objectified and dehumanized women. It played right into the perception that so many women have feared about a Romney administration – that a president Romney would be sexist and set women back. And it turns out the way Romney presented it – that he asked for a study of women in leadership positions – wasn’t true anyway…”


images via BindersFullOfWomen


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