Binders Full of Women: Sampling Mitt Romney’s remark (Video)

DJs should check out this viral video on sampling US presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s “binders full of women” that has become an internet meme after Tuesday’s debate.

It’s more than 4 minutes long and the actual “Binders Full of Women” song was completed and played mid-way, but you’ll get to enjoy the Maschine tutorial from ‘KnockSquared’ from the start.



You’ve watched the video. Now let’s get a little serious.

On October 16 during the second presidential debate at Hofstra University in New York, which was held in a townhall format, Romney said when asked about his position on pay equity for women:

“I had the chance to pull together a cabinet and all the applicants seemed to be men...and I went to my staff and I said, ‘How come all the people for these jobs are all men?’”

“I went to a number of women’s groups and said, ‘Can you help us find folks?’ ” said Romney. “And [they] brought us whole binders full of women. I was proud of the fact that after I staffed my cabinet and my senior staff that the University of New York in Albany did a survey of all 50 states and concluded that mine had more women in senior leadership positions than any other state in America.”

His particular line—binders full of women—was so catchy Twitter immediately went abuzz. Some netizens wondered, were Romney’s binders real?

A report from the Christian Science Monitor via Yahoo! News says the binders do exist. These turned out to be “resumés” of female candidates for appointive state jobs.

In an official statement, the Massachusetts Government Appointments Project or MassGAP, a group that pushes for maximized opportunities for women to be considered for key roles in Massachusetts government, explains that after Romney won in 2002, they “formed committees for each cabinet post in the administration” and interviewed and recruited potential women applicants.

“Those committees selected top applicants for each position and presented this information to the administration for follow-up interviews and consideration for appointment,” MassGAP said.

MassGAP posted online a photo of one of the binders. The group also said 42 percent of new Romney appointments in 2004 were women.