Dr. Jill Biden Could Make History As The First FLOTUS in 231 Years To Hold A Paid Job

Dr. Jill Biden Could Make History As The First FLOTUS in 231 Years To Hold A Paid Job

Dr. Jill Biden has said that she hopes to continue teaching after her husband officially takes over his position at the White House.

Dr. Jill Biden (L) and her husband, at Hyde Park Middle School on February 21, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

President-elect Joe Biden's wife, Dr. Jill Biden, might make history by becoming the only First Lady of the United States (FLOTUS) to continue going to her paid work while she resides at the White House. Dr. Biden, who works as an educator, could be the first FLOTUS in 231 years to have a paid job. Dr. Biden, 69, is a college professor of English and has a doctorate in education. According to ABC News, Dr. Jill Biden has said that she hopes to continue teaching after her husband officially takes over his position at the White House. She has been teaching at a community college in Northern Virginia even as the second lady when Joe was the vice president for eight years. 


"I would love to. If we get to the White House, I'm gonna continue to teach," Dr. Biden, a mother, and grandmother told CBS News in August. "It's important, and I want people to value teachers and know their contributions, and lift up the profession." Now that Joe Biden has won the elections, her team is yet to confirm her plans about teaching while also being the first lady. She had taken a small break from work when she chose to go with her husband while he campaigned around the country. During the campaign trail, she was seen grading papers but before the 2020 election, she took a term off. "This semester I took off. I just took a leave of absence," Dr. Biden told CNN.


"Dr. Biden is enormously grateful to the country for electing her husband and Sen. Harris. Joe Biden will be a president for all Americans. She is spending time with her children and grandchildren in Wilmington, Delaware," Michael La Rosa, a spokesperson for Dr. Biden said, according to Good Morning America. "Dr. Biden is focused on building her team and developing her priorities focused on education, military families and veterans, and cancer." The future FLOTUS, who shares a strong bond with former First Lady Michelle Obama, knows what it takes to be the First Lady.


Her experience will definitely be of use when her husband takes office, unlike several other First Ladies that were pushed into the job with no prior experience.  Kate Andersen Brower, the author of several books on first ladies and the White House, told Good Morning America, "It is unusual for a second lady to work but unprecedented for a first lady. I know from talking to the campaign that there is an understanding that she doesn’t know if she can balance both teaching and being the first lady quite yet, but there is a sense of this is her hope and this is what she wants to do because she loves teaching, and it's the career that she's carved out for herself that is unique and different from her husband's."


Another expert on the history of first ladies, Katherine Jellison told USA Today, "She will really be bringing the role of the first lady into the 21st century. Americans have historically wanted their first ladies to be in the White House and at the president's side whenever possible," she added. Jellison added that it might be time for Americans to become more accepting of a first lady who is a working professional. Before an event during the Presidential Campaign, Dr., Biden assured a nervous student who was about to go on stage for the first time and was going to introduce her.


"That was the first time she had spoken publicly, and she was frightened, she was scared. And I know that feeling because that's how I used to be. When you see me you think 'Oh, she can get out there and speak,' but I didn't always feel that way. And so I knew what she was feeling," said she. "That's what I've learned from body language, and as a teacher, that's a really important part of my profession," she said. "That I can read my classroom and see who's sort of all tight and into themselves, and who's open to what I'm teaching. Body language is important," she added.


Dr. Biden is someone who takes her work rather seriously, because, for her, it's not just a mere job, it's part of who she is as a person. If she does decide to continue to work, she will be paving the way for future first ladies who have had to give up on their dreams to support their husbands. "Joe and I've been married for 42 years. This is how we've always done things. I've campaigned in every election," she said. "I go one way, he goes the other way, and so we can cover more ground and talk to more people." They have had each others' backs for a long time. "He's always supported my career. And this is a critical time for me to support him because, you know, I want change," she said. 


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