Mitt Romney responded to a question from Katherine Fenton about inequalities in the workplace by pointing to the women he hired as governor of Massachusetts. 

Thank you. Animportant topic, and one which I learned a great deal about, particularly as I was serving as governor of my state, because I had the chance to pull together a cabinet and all the applicants seemed to be men. And I -- and I went to my staff, and I said, “How come all the people for these jobs are -- are all men.” They said, “Well, these are the people that have the qualifications.” And I said, “Well, gosh, can’t we -- can’t we find some -- some women that are also qualified?” And -- and so we -- 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.

The "binders full of women comment" set off a storm of tweets, a trending hashtag (#bindersfullofwomen) and a parody account, @romneys_binder, that has already racked up more than 11,000 Twitter followers. 


Obama responded by saying Romney had not come out in support of the Lily Ledbetter fair pay act and reminding the audience that Romney has said he would defund Planned Parenthood.