Romney and Gender at Liberty University — Sometimes it’s what’s not said that’s emblematic

Excluding various references to God, and two where his wife Ann served as a prop to introduce the actions of a man, Romney mentioned 19 people in his speech — all male. He claimed christianity builds “heroic souls” — but, you guessed it, he couldn’t imagine that any women’s souls were the equal of watergate conspirator Chuck Colson’s, nor were any women scholars worth citing along with David Landes or Viktor Frankl (!). Ironically, the one reference to women in his speech appears to be a direct quotation of materials produced by Liberty University.

Perhaps the Cranbook ethos lives on in Romney today.