In chapter 20, what does Atticus mean when he refers to "the distaff side of the Executive Branch"?

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The Executive branch of the country at that time was President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The term "distaff" often signifies part of a spinning wheel, but the word is also used to designate the female side of a family. We can infer that the "distaff side of the Executive branch" was the First Lady at the time, Eleanor Roosevelt.