Binders full of Women, what does that mean exactly?

Posted by on Oct 17, 2012 in Politics | 0 comments

Oh the binders full of women, Romney asked for.  At first I refused to believe such an outrageous claim, then I got to thinking about how misogynistic and sexist the GOP is and realized it was probably true.  Qualified candidates at that.  Qualified for what?

Romney: 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.


We already know that the GOP and Tea Partiers don’t think women should get equal pay for equal work.   That’s why they all approved of Paul Ryan for VP.

Ryan voted against the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay act, a law that makes it easier for women to challenge unequal pay. Ryan believes that life begins at conception and that abortion should be illegal in allcases, including rape, incest and to save the life of the mother. Ryan co-sponsored federal personhood legislation called the “Sanctity of Human Life Act.” For those unfamiliar with “personhood” bills, this is legislation to give a fetus all the rights of an individual, “to provide that human life shall be deemed to begin with fertilization.” The real world impact of such a law would be to dramatically curb if not outright outlaw abortion, limit some forms of birth control and even threaten in vitro fertilization.

There’s also the Tea Party leader who thinks our country would be better off if women had not been allowed to vote.  Thus echoing the dulcet strains of Rep Allen West’s opinions on women.

Probably the biggest turn we ever made was when the women got the right to vote.” She went on: “Our country might have been better off if it was still just men voting.

But the question Romney was supposed to be answering had to do with what he would do to ensure that women get equal pay for equal work.  He dodged the question.  He never actually answered it.  He went on about offering flex time and how if the economy were really booming then employers would be happy to pay a premium for highly qualified workers.

I’m afraid history proves Romney wrong.  Even when our economy was going like gangbusters women were paid less than men for doing the same job as a man does.  In fact it’s only been because of concerted efforts by activists, feminists and people who believe in an honest days pay for an honest day’s work that women have reached such rarefied heights of pay as to be making, on average, 77 cents for every dollar a man makes.  So just getting the economy going will not automatically provide women with equal pay.

Do I believe Romney was looking to hire women because he wanted to provide equality to women in the workforce?  Not a chance.  Did he do it to better leverage himself as a career politician?  That I would believe.

He’s already said he’ll get rid of Planned Parenthood.  He’s already said that he believes there is no circumstance under which abortion is acceptable.  Like so many self described pro-lifers, he doesn’t consider a woman a living being.   Otherwise he wouldn’t sacrifice her health for a mass of cells with potential.  Just saying.

Here’s a recount of one of Romney’s actions towards a young mother in the ward of the Mormon church he was then Bishop of:

In 1990, Exponent II, a Mormon feminist magazine that [Judy] Dushku, [a] Suffolk University professor, helped found, published an article by a married mother of four who recounted her own experience after doctors advised her to terminate her pregnancy when she was being treated for a potentially dangerous blood clot.

Her bishop got wind of the situation, she wrote, and showed up unannounced at the hospital, warning her sternly not to go forward. The article did not identify Mr. Romney as the bishop, but Ms. Dushku later did.

Now the woman has come forward, identifying herself in [a forthcoming book about Romney by fellow Mormon Ron Scott] as Carrel Hilton Sheldon. (Through Ms. Dushku, she declined to be interviewed.) “Mitt has many, many winning qualities,” she is quoted as saying, “but at the time he was blind to me as a human being.”

You know, I find that last line fairly telling.  I don’t think Romney sees a lot of people as human beings.  Especially if they don’t have millions of dollars in their bank accounts.

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