Let’s be clear — being First Lady can be a full-time job in itself. We’ve seen them handle their own social or political projects, spend their hours engaging in the work of the President, and take on hefty roles. What we’ve never seen before is a First Lady returning to a full-time ‘regular’ job, outside the political sphere.
Jill Biden is taking on the potentially daunting task of pioneering this path, as she returns to in-person teaching at Northern Virginia Community College. HuffPost notes that she’s been doing the job remotely for months, and anyone who has a teacher in their lives will recognize what a monumental task that is as well, but now she’ll be back in the classroom.
According to NPR she’s very excited about it, saying “There are some things you just can’t replace, and I can’t wait to get back in the classroom.”
Women make up close to half the workforce, but the pandemic took a toll. Washington Post reports that it knocked a whopping 54 million women out of their jobs, with about 90% of those leaving the workforce altogether.
Jill Biden’s return to the in-person workforce as a First Lady is particularly remarkable, but also as one more woman returning to normal routines as schools reopen and vaccination rates climb. As for safety, her college requires all staff to either be vaccinated or undergo weekly COVID-19 testing, and masks for everyone. While students are not required to get the vaccine, there’s a $250 incentive program to encourage it.
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