One of the persons who made headlines after the second night of the Democratic party’s virtual convention is the former Second Lady, Dr. Jill Biden. Dr. Biden delivered, in an empty classroom where she taught English in the ’90s, some of the pressing issues hurting the country today, the pandemic that took the lives of thousands of Americans alongside with the overdue racial reckoning and the existing political division the United States is going through. Dr. Biden then spoke about building the nation back together.
“How do you make a broken family whole?” she asked. “The same way you make a nation whole. With love and understanding, and with small acts of kindness. With bravery. With unwavering faith.” She described her husband, Democratic standard-bearer Joe Biden, as a compassionate, strong, and capable person to bring this country back together, the same way he did with his own family. After her speech, she was joined by Joe Biden who praised her for embodying qualities of a potential first lady.
Jill loves fiercely, cares deeply, and nothing stops her when she sets her mind to making something right. For all of you across the country, just think of your favorite educator who gave you the confidence to believe in yourself. That’s the kind of First Lady Jill will be.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 19, 2020
Before we get excited and have our hopes up for this possible First lady of the White House, have you asked yourself who is Dr. Jill Biden?
As I prepare to speak at the Democratic National Convention this week, it's hard not to think about where I come from.— Dr. Jill Biden (@DrBiden) August 17, 2020
I’ll always be that girl from Philly. pic.twitter.com/a72lFAO3T9
She was born Jill Tracy Jacobs in Hammonton, New Jersey, to a father who worked at a savings and loan bank and a homemaker mother in June 1951. She was raised in Pennsylvania and the eldest of the five sisters. She graduated from Upper Moreland High School in 1969 and picked up, according to Vogue, fashion merchandising to a junior college in Pennsylvania.
Jill was married to a former college football player Bill Stevenson before marrying Joe. And Joe, on the other hand, has just lost his first wife and his one-year-old daughter in a fatal car accident. She was still in college and Joe was already active in the public service as a senator when they first met in 1975, in a blind date set up by the former Vice President’s brother. Jill shared in an interview with Vogue what happened at the first meeting, "We went out to see A Man and a Woman at the movie theater in Philadelphia, and we hit it off. When we came home...he shook my hand good night. I went upstairs and called my mother at 1 a.m. and said, 'Mom, I finally met a gentleman.” The couple got married on June 17, 1977, at the United Nations Chapel in New York City and was blessed to have a daughter named Ashley in 1981.
"How did you get this number?"— Dr. Jill Biden (@DrBiden) August 18, 2020
Those were the first words I spoke to Joe when he called me out of the blue on a Saturday in 1975.
I’ll be speaking tonight at the #DemConvention. I hope you’ll tune in! pic.twitter.com/t0amDEM2kT
Mrs. Biden, in her speech, talked about the struggles they faced as a family and how those experiences speak of Joe's character. In 2015, their family endured another painful loss when their son Beau died of brain cancer.
Her Teaching Career:
As the first second lady to work full time, Dr. Biden has a bachelor's degree and two master's degrees and earned a doctorate of education from the University of Delaware in 2007. While his husband served in the office with Barack Obama, Mrs. Biden was a professor of English at Northern Virginia Community College. She shared in a recent interview on CBS Sunday Morning that if the November election serves them right, she will continue to teach. She wanted to have her own identity away from the shadows of her husband for it contribute to her well-being.
Teaching is not what I do. It's who I am.— Dr. Jill Biden (@DrBiden) August 18, 2020
I'll be giving my convention speech tonight from my former classroom.
Brandywine High School. Room 232. pic.twitter.com/NXx1EkqVGq
Dr. Jill was never new to politics. She once held the Second Lady title from 2009 to 2017 when his husband served as vice-president. She served alongside First Lady Michelle Obama on promoting community colleges, advocating for military families, and raising awareness about breast cancer prevention. In 2012, she published a children's book called Don't Forget, God, Bless Our Troops based on her granddaughter's experience of being in a military family.
Dr. Jill Biden, in this entire course of the campaign, has shown great and unwavering support for her husband. Many of those who support her think that her previous role had prepared her for a much greater responsibility she may face if Joe makes it to the White House this 2020.