Sunday, December 13, 2020
An opinion writer's suggestion that the next US First Lady Jill Biden should stop referring to herself as "Dr" has sparked an angry reaction online. Joseph Epstein called Jill Biden "kiddo", comparing her doctorate in education to an honorary degree. "'Dr Jill Biden' sounds and feels fraudulent, not to say a touch comic," he wrote in the Wall Street Journal. But social media users argued that the article reflected sexist attitudes faced by many women in academia.
Jill Biden, who uses her academic title on her Twitter profile, received her doctorate in 2007 from the University of Delaware. She wrote her dissertation on student retention in community colleges. She also holds two master's degrees and will be one of the most-educated presidential spouses in US history when her husband takes office in January.
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