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Female Employees: Romney Championed Women as Governor (Videos)

Posted by FactReal on October 21, 2012

WOMEN DEFEND ROMNEY’S BINDER COMMENT AND HIS RECORD WITH WOMEN
Women not only understand Romney’s comment about binders full of women, they are coming to his defense. Below is the backstory of Romney’s binders and his record with female workers.
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HIGHLIGHTS OF ROMNEY’S RECORD WITH WOMEN
Sources: National Review, Fox News, video.

A coalition of women’s groups say Romney asked for and received binders with names of potential female candidates for high-level posts — backing up his claim in Tuesday night’s debate that as governor he had reached out to women’s groups because he was dissatisfied with the mostly male applicants for jobs in his administration.

Romney’s Lt. Governor Kerry Healey says 10 of the 20 top positions in the administration were filled by women — more than any other state in the nation.

Kerry Healey: “Mitt Romney had a commitment to making sure women were properly represented in his administration.”

Ellen Roy Herzfelder: “He totally gets working women, especially working women like myself who had two young kids.” Herzfelder is a former state secretary of environmental affairs.

Beth Myers was Romney’s chief of staff whose office was directly in front of his was Beth Myers. She went on to become his campaign manager when Romney ran for president.

Cindy Gillespie was Romney’s top policy adviser and governmental liaison. She had been his adviser as well at the Olympics, and came with him to serve in Massachusetts 00 a Democrat.

Jane C. Edmonds, former Romney cabinet member: “I was personally struck by Romney’s humanity”

Beth Lindstrom, former Romney cabinet member: “It’s so wonderful to have someone who you respect and work for that undertands how important family really is.”

The number of women in top positions increased under Romney, acknowledged the Massachusetts Government Appointments Project — which began before Romney was elected in 2002.

The Romney administration had more women in senior leadership positions than any other state in America, according to a survey from the University of New York.

Romney took promoting women’s opportunities seriously.

Background of Romney’s binders: “When Governor Romney was elected, he reached out to his business contacts, he reached out to the folks who had worked on the campaign through the transition to ask for their recommendations, and he also reached out to the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus that had been out there reaching out to women’s organizations on a bipartisan basis, collecting a number of names of women who were ready, willing, and able to come in and serve in government. So he had a number of sources that he drew on, and the now-famous binders that came up in the debate [Tuesday] night were ones that were provided through the Massachusetts Women’s political caucus as part of the MassGap project,” Healy said.

There was never any “boys’ club” atmosphere that made life difficult for women who worked for Romney, Healy recalls.

Romney goes beyond pay equality: “I have no doubt about Governor Romney’s 100% commitment to pay equality for women…Beyond that, I know that he’s also committed to advancing women to the top levels of management and office in the public sector, so I think that Governor Romney’s commitment to supporting women in workplace goes beyond simple pay equality, which is extremely important and which he has been on the record as supporting…he really goes beyond that to actively promoting the careers of qualified women so that they have the experience necessary to go on and serve in the very top levels of government and in business,” Healy said.

ROMNEY’S FORMER CABINET MEMBERS DEFEND HIS RECORD WITH WOMEN
CNN’S INTERVIEW WITH ROMNEY’S FORMER LT. GOVERNOR KERRY HEALEY
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