'Binders Full of Women': Romney's Comment Sparks Its Own Debate

'Binders Full of Women': Romney's Comment Sparks Its Own Debate

The news this week was dominated by the presidential debate, which highlighted just how crucial female voters will be in this election.

One of the most talked-about comments of the debate was Mitt Romney's answer to a question about gender pay equity, in which he described asking women's groups for female candidates while Massachusetts governer and being brought "binders full of women," which became an instant internet meme.

Despite the jokes, his answer, although it didn't address the pay gap, raised other questions about the lack of women in senior positions and how to go about finding strong female candidates in the workplace.

Some lauded him for having worked with women's groups while he was governor. (For the record, he did work with a woman's organization to find more female candidates, but it reached out to him first, not the other way around.) Others derided him for saying that in the economy he plans to foster, employers will be "so anxious to get good workers they're going to be anxious to hire women." As a commentator in The Guardian said, "Subtext: so desperate, they'll hire anyone. Even you, ladies."

The debate itself was a feminist milestone, as it was the first presidential debate moderated in 20 years by a woman.

Economic news was mixed, with jobless claims up to their highest level in four months but new home-building levels are at a four-year high. Google stock dropped sharply Thursday afternoon when the company accidentally filed its earning report with the SEC several hours early. The tech giant reported a 20% decline in profit as expenses rose and advertising revenue fell.


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