Romney’s ‘binders full of women’ gaffe, and why women should be furious

…that’s really not what makes his comment so off-putting. It’s the notion that Romney needed “a binder” in the first place to find qualified women in his state to hire – that he didn’t know any coming into office and apparently, hadn’t consulted with any during his campaign, and needed to be reminded of their existence after his election. The suggestion then is that hiring women was a checklist requirement to be covered off for political purposes – rather than because these qualified candidates had merit on their own….

But the “binder” reference wasn’t the only jarring comment in Mitt Romney’s answer: He went on to mention, for good measure, that he allowed a female staffer to work flexible hours – she needed to get home to see her kids and “make dinner.”

Read the full story in The Globe and Mail.

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