The 2nd presidential debate may have tackled some controversial domestic and foreign issues, but it was a comment from Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney that lit up social media.
In an answer to a question about women in the workforce, Governor Mitt Romney said he requested more female candidates for his Massachusetts cabinet and was delighted to receive “binders of women”.
The now viral phrase was an unexpected and ironic turn of events for Romney. In fact, he was answering a question about pay inequality and had to follow President Obama who bragged about the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the first bill that he signed into law. As he does, Romney tried to describe an analogous situation from his years in business leadership. "I had the chance to pull together a cabinet and all the applicants seemed to be men," Romney said. 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.'" In recounting how he went on a search for qualified women candidates, Romney remembered, "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."
Within minutes, "Binders Full of Women" had a Twitter account, a Facebook page, and a blog.
The tweets were out of control, the hashtags had begun. It was amazing how quickly everything happened.
But the truth of the matter is, we’re all laughing about it now, but none of us should ever want to be, or allow ourselves to be, just a resume trapped in a binder again. We’re not just resumes. We’re people, that work hard, and deserve to be compensated for that work at the same rate a man is.
I can’t help thinking that those binders are called "Trappers" for a reason.