Of course the phrase "binders full of woman" turned into an instant Internet meme, but in fact Romney never asked for that information as he claimed. As David S. Bernstein explains, it's a fabrication.
What actually happened was that in 2002 -- prior to the election, not even knowing yet whether it would be a Republican or Democratic administration -- a bipartisan group of women in Massachusetts formed MassGAP to address the problem of few women in senior leadership positions in state government. There were more than 40 organizations involved with the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus (also bipartisan) as the lead sponsor.
They did the research and put together the binder full of women qualified for all the different cabinet positions, agency heads, and authorities and commissions. They presented this binder to Governor Romney when he was elected.
I have written about this before, in various contexts; tonight I've checked with several people directly involved in the MassGAP effort who confirm that this history as I've just presented it is correct -- and that Romney's claim tonight, that he asked for such a study, is false.
This lie on Gov. Romney's part was further elaborated upon by his Democratic opponent in his 2002 race for MA governor. Via The Rachel Maddow Show:
So Romney lied during a debate. So what, an undecided voter might ask. As has been noted previously here, the fact is Mitt Romney has been lying throughout this campaign for president. Romney dodged this question about equal pay for equal work because his campaign considers equal pay for equal work to be on the "left wing agenda." Woman, who want the same income as men for doing the same work are "leftists?"
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