Jill Biden Turns 70. A Look At Her Contributions As The First Lady Of The US And More

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Jill Biden Contributions: The First lady of the United States of America turns 70 years old today. To wish her on her special day, her admirers started to trend “First Lady” on Twitter.  Jill Biden Turns 70

She created a history by becoming the first working woman to be the First Lady of the country. She has been a tireless advocate for public education for decades and has proved to be a remarkable teacher over the years. On her 70th birthday, let us have a look at all her major contributions.

Jill Biden Contributions as First Lady

On Jan 20, 2021, Jill Biden’s husband Joe Biden took office as the President of The United States of America. She is the first spouse after Barbara Bush, wife of George W. Bush to hold the positions of both the Second Lady and First Lady of the country. She is the oldest woman so far to assume the role and the first ever Italian American to do so.

As the Second Lady, she quit her job as a teacher to assist in her husband’s presidential elections. However, she resumed teaching at North Virginia Community College (NOVA) through Zoom because of the pandemic.

This made her the first wife of a sitting U.S. president to hold a paying job outside the White the White House. For security issues and for students who are looking to add Biden’s class, her classes at NOVA are often listed as instructed by “staff”. She stays up late in the night in the White House Quarters to review the assignments her students submitted.

Biden revived The Joining Forces program with Michelle Obama. During visits to Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in Washington, she said that the men and women of their armed forces couldn’t be at their best when they were  worried about their families struggling. She praised the joint base for having dedicated spaces for service children on the autistic spectrum.

Jill Biden will meet Queen Elizabeth II on June 13, 2021.

Jill Biden Contributions as Second Lady

Even as the Second Lady she continued her job as a teacher. In Jan 2009, she started teaching two English courses as an adjunct professor at NOVA. It has been rare for Second ladies to hold a paying job outside the White House. In May 2009, Obama gave out that Biden would be in charge of an initiative to raise awareness about the value of community colleges. Biden continued teaching two English reading and writing classes at NOVA in fall 2009. In Jan 2010, she gave a commencement speech at the University of Delaware’s winter commencement. It was her first such address at a major university.

In Sep 2011, Biden lent her support to USAID’s FWD campaign. It was a push for awareness surrounding the deadly famine, war and drought that affected more than 13 million people in the Horn of Africa. In 2012, her second term as the First Lady began. She continued to be involved with supporting the military personnel. During her term, she visited the Centre for the Intrepid rehabilitation facility for amputees and attended the inaugural Invictus Games in London.

Jill Biden Contributions as a Teacher

After Jill Biden graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Delaware in 1975, she began her career as a substitute teacher in the Willmington school system. She then taught English as a full time teacher for a year at St. Mark’s High school in Willmington. At this time, she spent 5 months working in Biden’s Senate office. This included weekly trips with the senator’s mobile outreach operation to the southern portions of the state. She took a 2 year break from her career to raise her children, after which she returned to work acting as a reading specialist and teaching history to students who were emotionally disabled.

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