Some things seem to take on a life of their own, especially online. Tonight, it was binders full of women.
Stemming from tonight’s (Oct. 16) town hall presidential debate, the quote was part of Mitt Romney’s response to the question: “In what new ways to you intend to rectify the inequalities in the workplace, specifically regarding females making only 72 percent of what their male counterparts earn?”
While Obama cited the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the first piece of legislation he signed into law, Romney told a disparaging and dismissive story (a story which fact-checkers are saying is false), in which “binders full of women” became the catchphrase.
Romney said: “An important topic, and one which I learned a great deal about, particularly as I was serving as governor of my state, because 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 – are all men?’ They said, “Well, these are the people that have the qualifications.’ “ And I said, “Well, gosh, can’t we—can’t we find some—some women that are also qualified?”
“And – and so we – 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,” Romney said.
Even before the debate wrapped up, there was a #bindersfullofwomen Twitter hashtag, a Facebook page with over 100,000 fans, a Tumblr collection, a blog, and a whole bunch of memes…
Here are seven memes that we simply couldn’t resist sharing!
In this meme, Playboy founder Hugh Heffner in what appears to be a library… Binders full of women? Oh sure, I’ve got hundreds of them.