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Telling Dr. Biden to Change Her Name is Wrong

In 2020, what should good for the goose should also be good for the gander. Unfortunately, sexism is still alive and well, stating that there are one set of rules for men and another for women.

Last Friday, Joseph Epstein, a writer with the Wall Street Journal wrote an op-ed suggesting that Dr. Jill Biden drop the Dr. from her name.

This is a textbook definition of sexism. If she was a man, the suggestion would never be considered. But because she is a woman and married to the President-Elect, she has to (according to Epstein) choose between her career and her marriage. If that was not enough to make my blood boil, he referred to her as “kiddo”.

Anyone who has earned any sort of degree can attest to how much work and effort is needed to claim it as your own. To have earned the title of Dr. (regardless of whether one practices medicine or not) requires multiple years of commitment. Not only is the question demeaning to Dr. Biden, it is demeaning to the millions of women around the world who have earned advanced degrees and can call themselves Dr.

Dr. Biden is not the first political wife to have to choose between her marriage and her career. Decades ago, Hillary Clinton changed both her name and her image to ensure that her husband could keep his job.

What it comes down to, for me at least, is that feminism is a movement that is still needed. We just needed a kick in the literal pants to be reminded of that.

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Where the Light Enters: Building a Family, Discovering Myself Book Review

As cliche as it sounds, the saying is true: what does not kill you, makes you stronger.

To say that Dr. Jill Biden has been through a lot is an understatement. Her new book, Where the Light Enters: Building a Family, Discovering Myself, is more than a memoir; it is a story of survival. Born and raised in a traditional two parent household, Dr. Biden dreamed as a girl that she would have it all: a successful career and a thriving marriage. But as we all know, the dreams that we have as a child do not always translate to our reality as adults.

After marrying then Senator, future Vice President and current 2020 Presidential hopeful Joe Biden (D-Delaware), Dr. Biden could have easily stepped into the role of political wife and mother to her husband’s sons via his late first wife. But she chose to balance her career, her marriage, motherhood and later on, politics.

I found this book to be inspiring. In spite of everything that Dr. Biden went through (including the ending of her first marriage and the loss of her stepson to cancer), she found a way to not only survive, but live a full life.

I recommend it.

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