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"Binders full of women" was a phrase used by Mitt Romney during the second U.S. presidential debate of 2012. Romney used the phrase in response to a question about pay equality, referring to binders with resumes of female job applicants submitted to him as Governor of Massachusetts. This prompted the phrase's use for political attacks on Romney's positions on women's issues,<ref name=wapo>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref><ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref><ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> as well as the development of an Internet meme.

At the debate, Romney said: "I had the chance to pull together a cabinet, and all the applicants seemed to be men… 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."<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref> Even while the debate was ongoing, humorous commentary about the phrase had begun to be published online.<ref name=wapo/><ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>


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"Binders full of women" was a phrase used by Mitt Romney during the second U.S. presidential debate of 2012. Romney used the phrase in response to a question about pay equality, referring to binders with resumes of female job applicants submitted to him as Governor of Massachusetts. This prompted the phrase's use for political attacks on Romney's positions on women's issues,<ref name=wapo>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref><ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref><ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> as well as the development of an Internet meme.

At the debate, Romney said: "I had the chance to pull together a cabinet, and all the applicants seemed to be men… 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."<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref> Even while the debate was ongoing, humorous commentary about the phrase had begun to be published online.<ref name=wapo/><ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>


Binders full of women sections
Intro  Internet meme  Transcript  MassGAP response  References  External links  

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