32nd President. Typed letter signed (TLS) “Franklin D. Roosevelt” AS PRESIDENT, December 1, 1939, The White House stationery, 6.5 x 8.5, to Mrs. Thomas F. McAllister, Director of the Democratic National Convention Women’s Division, in full:
Heartiest greetings to the valiant women whose loyal support is such a tower of strength to the Party.
I trust that the splendid achievements of the past and the consciousness of services so faithfully rendered, will inspire all of our women – leaders and rank and file – to continue to bear witness to the faith that is theirs. To all I send best wishes for joy and happiness at the Christmas time.
In fantastic condition.
Great letter from FDR thanking women for the support at a crucial time in his Presidency.
Dorothy Smith McAllister became the Director of the Women’s Division of the Democratic National Committee in 1937. At the 1940 Democratic National Convention, she became the first woman to deliver a full-fledged speech on a policy matter before a Presidential convention. Her speech demanded that women be given equal representation on all of the convention’s major committees. Although a feminist, she opposed a resolution before the 1940 convention that proposed a women’s equal rights amendment. She believed such an amendment actually would cause women to lose some of the protections they already had. She reportedly persuaded Eleanor Roosevelt to write a letter to the convention in opposition to the amendment. Later in life she was appointed to several Michigan state commissions as well as several Federal commissions.