Op-Ed Urging Jill Biden To Drop The 'Dr.' Sparks Outrage Online
An opinion column in The Wall Street Journal came under fire over the weekend for asking educator and incoming first lady Jill Biden — who holds two master's degrees and a doctorate in education — to stop using the title "Dr."
In the op-ed published Friday evening, writer Joseph Epstein, former editor of The American Scholar magazine, urged Biden to drop the title, a message that public figures and women in academia panned on Twitter as misogynistic both in substance and tone.
"Madame First Lady — Mrs. Biden — Jill — kiddo," the piece begins. "Any chance you might drop the 'Dr.' before your name? 'Dr. Jill Biden' sounds and feels fraudulent, not to say a touch comic."