I’m stunned nearly speechless. Mitt Romney, when asked if he supported the Fair Pay Act, skirted the issue by offering a charming anecdote about how he searched high and low for qualified women to fill his cabinet when he became governor of Massachusetts.
Read a summary of (and commentary on) what Mr. Romney said here.
As author Kaili Joy Gray says, with tongue firmly in cheek, how could Mr. Romney have been in business for so long and not noticed the dearth of women in high-level positions? “Oh, gosh,” says Mitt. Can’t we get some of your “folks” in here? Please take note that Mr. Romney still did not answer the question about whether he supports equal pay for equal work.
Even worse, the anecdote he offered was factually incorrect (no surprises there — this is Mitt Romney we’re talking about). The “binders of women” were not sought out by him after noticing a lack, but rather they were given to him at the beginning of his term, compiled (unsolicited) by women’s organizations. And during the course of his reign, the number of women in senior-level appointed positions in his administration declined.
Oh, Mitt, the history you invent makes you seem so … well, reinvented, compared to the harsh reality of who you really are. Any woman who thinks you have her back will potentially be stabbed in the back. But you’ll hand the dagger to someone else to take the fall, I’m sure. Your privilege has taught you well.