The "c" word I've stressed repeatedly.
No, not that one:
Romney’s noblesse oblige response to a question about women in the workplace with an anecdote about how he went out and, gosh darn, found himself some ladies for his cabinet provoked a strong response because it reeks of classic Romney condescension. When he explained to the Town Hall questioner that he has a staffer who told him, “I need to be able to get home at 5 o’clock so I can be there for making dinner for my kids and being with them when they get home from school,” it was telling, not because flex time isn’t an important issue but because, dude, you had two minutes to discuss women’s progress and you spent it congratulating yourself for the extraordinary effort you had to make to hire women, and how they need to get home to make dinner. Oh, and here’s a huge shock: Romney did not, in fact, actively solicit those now infamous binders.
MassGAP, the women’s coalition responsible for the effort to get more women appointed to state government, gives the Washington Post a statement saying Romney has it wrong – they, and not Romney, initiated the process . The group also notes that female appointments actually fell off during Romney’s tenure.
But not Ann Romney, because he'll probably be "sick of her" by then, like I am.
His former Anybody-But-Mitt (but now breathlessly-screaming) "supporters" know what he probably meant - Hey - they
flip-flopped changed their minds, too!
But wait - let's do one more:
During the second presidential debate, Mitt Romney touted his efforts to hire women as governor of Massachusetts.
“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, however, did not have a history of appointing women to high-level positions in the private sector. Romney did not have any women partners as CEO of Bain Capital during the 1980s and 1990s.
The venture capital and private equity fields were male-dominated, to be sure, especially during Romney’s time. Women started to break into the upper echelons of the firm after it started a hedge fund, called Brookside in 1996.
Today, 4 of out of 49 of the firm’s managing directors in the buyout area are women.
Folks - I'm no feminist - but there are more women contributing to TMR than that,...