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16th Dec 2020

“Our accomplishments are met with skepticism”: Michelle Obama responds to sexist article about Dr Jill Biden

Cassie Stokes

“She will be a terrific role model…”

Michelle Obama has spoken about the sexist article about Jill Biden that was published in The Wall Street Journal over the weekend and has called out the writer for choosing the “weakness of ridicule”.

The article questioned Jill’s title of ‘Dr’ saying that she wasn’t a medical doctor and shouldn’t use the term when she’s takes on the role of First Lady. The article claimed the soon-to-be First Lady’s Dr. title was “fraudulent” and “a touch comic.”

After the article was published, Jill Biden tweeted a brilliant response: “Together, we will build a world where the accomplishments of our daughters will be celebrated, rather than diminished.”

Many women and men have since spoken out against the sexist article and shown their support for Jill, including Michelle Obama who took to Instagram to praise her for all her hard work and dedication.

The caption of her post read: “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.”


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Michelle goes on to ask: “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.”

Dr Biden and husband Joe will enter the White House in January.