It had to be one of the more ironic turns of a phrase in debate history: “binders of women”. Of course, Willard was lying about his record and his actions in the past (his administration in Massachusetts actually had less women in senior positions; and the recommendation for qualified women was given to his campaign not by request). The resonance with the phrase is in the word “binders”.
It’s no secret that Willard’s religion devalues the worth and rights of women, but let’s face it, most religions do. It is when that world view of women as somehow submissive or subservient to men translates into policy that we should draw the line. Refusing to support the Lilly Ledbetter Act is probably the most obvious confirmation that under a Romney Administration, women’s rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness would have suffered significantly. Some Romney apologists suggest that his refusal to endorse equal pay for equal work for women, was more of a reflection of his willingness to let corporations determine worker’s rights. However, when you look at the full spectrum of the policy positions of the Republican Party, one cannot escape the conclusion that Romney indeed was a “binder of women”.