- Jill Biden wants to be the only first lady to hold a full-time teacher job while assuming this role.
- In doing so, Biden will make history, becoming the only first lady in the 231-year history of this role.
- Previously, Biden has made clear the importance of education and career to her.
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Jill Biden will be the only first lady in the role’s 231-year history to hold a full-time job while in office, USA Today reported.
Biden is a university professor with a bachelor’s degree, two master’s degrees and a doctorate in education. As the second lady under the Obama administration, Biden remained at North Virginia Community College for eight years.
Her new role will make no difference. She plans to continue her work while serving as first lady, USA Today reported.
“She really will take on the role of first lady into the 21st century,” first lady historian Katherine Jellison told USA Today.
“Americans have always wanted their first ladies to stay in the White House and be with the president whenever possible,” Jellison said. “Perhaps the time has come for Americans to accept the idea that a president’s wife can be both a first lady and a working expert at the same time.”
Biden has signaled her passion and commitment to teaching in numerous interviews and tweets over the years.
“Teaching isn’t what I do. It’s who I am,” Biden said in an August tweet ahead of his conference speech.
—Dr. Jill Biden (@DrBiden) August 18, 2020
Before the victory of her husband, Joe, Biden expressed a commitment to continue teaching while serving as first lady.
“If we get to the White House, I will continue to teach,” she said in an interview with CBS in August. Karma”.
Biden did not teach while campaigning for her husband and Kamala Harris. She said she wanted to support her husband’s presidential bid.
“He’s always been supporting my career,” she told CNN earlier this year. “And this is an important moment for me to support him because, you know, I want a change.”
The role of the first and second ladies is more flexible than that of the president or vice president. During recent presidencies, the first ladies and first ladies have introduced initiatives to reinforce or supplement the presidential agenda. Michelle Obama, for example, is the face of Let’s Move, a campaign she designs to promote healthy living and eating for children. Melania Trump is running the Be Best campaign, an initiative that focuses on children’s emotional and social health.
“The beauty of (being FLOTUS) is that you can define it the way you want,” Biden told Vogue last year. “And that’s what I did as the second lady – I define that role the way I want. I’ll still be working on all the same problems. Education will be right there, and military families. I’m going across this country trying to get into community college for free. ”