The Journal article, published on Saturday, has been panned for its attack on Jill Biden, who earned her EdD in 2007 and plans to keep teaching during her husband President-elect Joe Biden’s time in office. Column author Joseph Epstein was accused of patronising Jill Biden when he referred to her as “kiddo” and suggested her using the title was “fraudulent” and “a touch comic”. The attack stirred fierce debate, and on Monday, Michelle Obama joined the ranks of those defending Jill.
“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,” she wrote in a post on Instagram.
“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 scepticism, even derision,” Obama said. Jill herself responded indirectly on Sunday, tweeting: “We’ll build a world where the achievements of daughters will be celebrated rather than denigrated.”