Last night’s presidential debate was awfully shouty but made for some good (worrisome) entertainment, at least for this female voter. Let’s start with one that blew up the internet: The “binders full of women” quote from Mitt, which was his response to a question asking what each candidate would do to help close the pay gap between women and men.
“And I said: ‘Well, gosh, can’t we find some women that are also qualified?’ And so 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.”
(Emphasis mine throughout.) More context and quotes can be found right here, including the very next breath when he went on to say:
I recognized that if you’re going to have women in the workforce that sometimes you need to be more flexible.
What is with the “if,” Mittens? Women are in the workforce. And they’re in the workforce not as some sort of runner-up to being moms, or because they don’t have someone supporting them, but because they are humans who need jobs to live, just like most other American humans regardless of genitalia.
Dear god. This reaction gif of women in the audience (from yet another priceless moment, in which he said that two [heterosexual, naturally] parent families are the way to stop gun violence) pretty much sums up my feelings: