- 5 years ago
Mermell, a Democrat and town official in Brookline, Mass., said Romney did not request any names after his 2002 election. Instead, she said MassGAP approached Romney’s team as part of its effort, begun before the election, to make sure that more women were appointed to senior positions in the new administration.
Mermell questioned Romney’s commitment to helping women get ahead in the workplace.
“The fact that he needed our help says everything you need to know about his true commitment to advance women in office,” she said. Mermell added that it was “shocking that after 25 years of professional experience at the very highest level of corporate America, Mitt Romney needed our help.”
In a statement, MassGAP said the number of women in senior-level posts climbed from about 30 percent to 42 percent during the first two years of Romney’s administration.
A 2004 survey by the State University of New York found Massachusetts was first in the nation in the percentage of women in top state positions. MassGAP, however, noted the percentage later dropped to 25 percent in Romney’s final two years in office.