Romney’s binders blunder at the debate was just the latest in his pattern of failure on women’s issues. He refuses to stand up for equal pay for equal work and he believes politicians and women’s bosses should make women’s health decisions instead of women.
· Mitt Romney’s binders blunder at the debate was just the latest instance in his pattern of failure on issues important to women and families. Romney just doesn’t understand the challenges women face. He’s hiding his extreme positions only because he can’t sell them.
· Romney has consistently failed to stand up for women’s economic security. His poor record dates back to his time in the private sector and as governor of Massachusetts.
o Romney needed binders of resumes to find qualified women for his cabinet in Massachusetts because his corporate buyout firm didn’t have any female partners.
o Over Romney’s term, those binders were barely put to good use. The percentage of women in senior state government positions declined on Romney’s watch.
o Romney still refuses to “weigh in” on the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act because he doesn’t believe in helping women fight back when they don’t receive equal pay. The President weighed in on it – he made it the first bill he signed into law.
o President Obama knows that when women make less than men for the same work, it threatens the economic security of entire families. Romney just doesn’t get it.
· Romney’s record on women’s health security is even worse. He didn’t tell the truth about it in the debate because he knows his extreme positions alienate women voters.
o The President is protecting a woman’s right to choose, but Romney would take it away. He promises to appoint Supreme Court justices to overturn Roe vs. Wade.
o Romney would turn women’s health decisions over to their bosses and politicians.
- Romney would defund Planned Parenthood, which millions of women rely on for health services like contraception and breast and cervical cancer screenings.
o Romney would deny millions of women access to affordable contraception by repealing Obamacare, which ensures that women can access contraception and will stop insurers from charging women more than men for the same coverage.