by Suzanne Chod
A recent editorial asking Dr. Jill Biden to stop using the honorific is steeped in sexism and nostalgia for the unchallenged authority of white men. Ironically, her upcoming public role may help to further break down such hierarchies.
SOURCE: New York Times
Cultural historians Stephanie Coontz, Betty Boyd Caroli and Katherine Jellison discuss the historical roles occupied by First Ladies and the ways the position has and will change.
SOURCE: Made By History at the Washington Post
by Anya Jabour
The author of a book on progressive-era reformers Sophonisba Breckenridge and Edith Abbott argues that the women's self-directed professional paths after earning doctorates demonstrates the kind of devaling of women's scholarly expertise that continues today.
SOURCE: Inside Higher Ed
by Matt Reed
Nothing has united fractious academics like dunking on Joseph Epstein's snide and condescending Wall Street Journal essay suggesting Dr. Jill Biden refrain from using the honorific, says a community college dean.
According to her top tags on RateMyProfessors.com, Dr. Jill Biden gives her students “good feedback” and is “respected” and “inspirational,” but she’s also a “tough grader” who gives “lots of homework.”
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