Like Dr. Jill Biden, I hold an advanced degree in education and have encountered misogynistic ideas about its value along the way. Higher learning institutions have failed to prepare women for the realities of what they’ll face after they’re conferred with doctoral degrees.
“I’m a teacher. That’s who I am,” Dr. Jill Biden declared on the campaign trail, giving Americans a glimpse into what life in the White House would look like come January.
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For women in academia, the Wall Street Journal op-ed about the future first lady’s title struck a nerve.
“From an early age, girls are socialized to downplay their accomplishments,” said Dr. Zyer Beaty.
Pat Nixon was the first first lady to wear pants in public. Hillary Clinton was the first first lady to be elected to a public office. And now, Jill Biden is projected to become the first first lady to keep her full-time job outside of the White House.
“Dr. Biden … will be leading a life that is much more like that of everyday American women: balancing their role in a family with a professional life,” Jellison said.