The perceived wisdom is that the gender gap started with Reagan.

In a counterintuitive piece on National Review today, Elaine Donnelly challenges this notion.

“Feminists will never credit him for this, but President Reagan motivated an entire generation of women to enter public life,” Donnelly writes. “Most Women for Reagan became involved in the political process not in spite of his conservative views, but because of them, and went on to become accomplished leaders in four Republican administrations, the Congress, media, and in every major field of public policy.”