He’s Got Binders Full of Women

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.

This meme riffs on Dirty Dancing, and No One Puts Baby in a Corner…

We simply couldn’t resist this one!

(“One does not simply walk into Mordor” originates from a scene in Peter Jackson’s 2001 film adaption of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.)

We love any Ryan Gosling meme…

We love the memes being created from this photo of Hillary Clinton…

This meme takes on Carly Rae Jepsen’s hit song Call Me Maybe…

And finally…a Romney meme…


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Scott haakon
Scott haakon5 years ago

It is interesting that one of the most women friendly businesses is Playboy.

Screamin R.
Georgia Feild5 years ago

I waited a while to make this comment:
It's PATHETIC any one in the 21st Century and commanding a leadership or advising position doesn't have women in mind that would be successful in a cabinet position...Does Romney have any idea how discriminatory this statement is?

William and Kat Dresbach

This Pair is a Disaster for the USA, Women, Seniors, Middle Class!
They were Raised in Mansions!
Obama had one Room One window!

Winn Adams
Winn Adams5 years ago

Romney and Ryan are the wrong choice for women, children, the middle class and of course America.

aj E.
aj E5 years ago

some of us clearly have too much time on our hands.

Heidi H.
Past Member 5 years ago

A sad and disappointing parallel. I wish I was in Mitt's binder, I'd be in line for a really great job!

Mari Garcia
Mari Garcia5 years ago

Yeah, that was probably the stupidest thing he said that night, and there was a lot.




Frank S.
Past Member 5 years ago

Sounds like a Trophy room to me, but can they cook????

rene davis
irene davis5 years ago