- Michelle Obama defended friend Dr. Jill Biden after Wall Street Journal published an op-ed urging her to remove her Dr. title.
- Michelle made a post to Instagram uplifting Dr. Jill and said that she’ll be a fantastic First Lady.
Now that Joe Biden has officially secured the presidency, we of course have haters coming after his wife—soon to be First Lady of the Unites States, Dr. Jill Biden. Case in point: Over the weekend, Wall Street Journal writer Joseph Epstein published an op-ed titled “Is There a Doctor in the White House? Not if You Need an M.D.,” in which he had the gall, the AUDACITY, to urge Dr. Jill to drop her Dr. title. Naturally, the story made the rounds on the internet for being an incredibly disrespectful, misogynistic piece of garbage…and it later found its way to Michelle Obama, who rightfully called Epstein’s story out for being sexist.
Just to get an idea of just how rude the piece is, let’s examine the very first paragraph of the story. Esptein wrote:
“Madame First Lady—Mrs. Biden—Jill—kiddo: a bit of advice on what may seem like a small but I think is a not unimportant matter. Any chance you might drop the ‘Dr.’ before your name? ‘Dr. Jill Biden’ sounds and feels fraudulent, not to say a touch comic. Your degree is, I believe, an Ed.D., a doctor of education, earned at the University of Delaware through a dissertation with the unpromising title ‘Student Retention at the Community College Level: Meeting Students’ Needs.’ A wise man once said that no one should call himself ‘Dr.’ unless he has delivered a child. Think about it, Dr. Jill, and forthwith drop the doc.”
In response to the op-ed, Michelle hopped on Instagram to defend Dr. Jill’s career work and praised her for being a terrific role model who will likely do the First Lady title a world of justice. She wrote:
For eight years, I saw Dr. Jill Biden do what a lot of professional women do—successfully manage more than one responsibility at a time, from her teaching duties to her official obligations in the White House to her roles as a mother, wife, and friend. And right now, we’re all seeing what also happens to so many professional women, whether their titles are Dr., Ms., Mrs., or even First Lady: All too often, our accomplishments are met with skepticism, even derision. We’re doubted by those who choose the weakness of ridicule over the strength of respect. And yet somehow, their words can stick—after decades of work, we’re forced to prove ourselves all over again.
Is this really the example we want to set for the next generation?
Dr. Biden gives us a better example. And this is why I feel so strongly that we could not ask for a better First Lady. She will be a terrific role model not just for young girls but for all of us, wearing her accomplishments with grace, good humor, and yes, pride. I’m thrilled that the world will see what I have come to know—a brilliant woman who has distinguished herself in her profession and with the life she lives every day, always seeking to lift others up, rather than tearing them down.
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