Later on, when the Bush DoJ began investigating and UNL suspended this program, we were again encouraged to assemble binders full of women; to do exactly what Mitt Romney did. If we assembled a short list of candidates that was entirely white, or male, or both of those yucky things, we would be told to 'expand the pool'.
You can acknowledge it, or ignore it, but 'binders full of women' have been circulating for the last 20 years, at the behest of feminists. Romney's cardinal sin was not to have done it, but to have acknowledged he did it...because the sine qua non of preferential treatment is never to admit the candidate you hired was preferentially treated. That would be 'condescending'.
So here is my message to women who hate the condescension; change the system. If you were hired for a high-level, scientific or technical position in the last 20 years, chances are you received preferential treatment. If you don't like that, stop lobbying for preferential treatment. But don't ask us to pretend it never happened.