Jill Biden
American educator and academic; Second Lady of the United States (1909%E2%80%93present)
Jill Biden
Jill Tracy Biden is an American educator and, as the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, is the Second Lady of the United States. She was born in Hammonton, New Jersey and grew up in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. She married Joe Biden in 1977 and became stepmother to his two young sons from his first marriage, Beau and Hunter, whose mother and baby sister died in a car accident. Joe and Jill Biden have a daughter, Ashley, born in 1981.
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Bidens partner with Creative Artists Agency to promote public policy work
CNN - 10 days
Former Vice President Joe Biden and second lady Jill Biden are continuing their post-White House public policy work through partnering with the Creative Artists Agency.
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Jill Biden Shares Her Advice For Empowering Girls And Raising Strong Daughters
Huffington Post - 11 days
Dr. Jill Biden knows a few things about raising strong children. The former second lady is mom to Ashley Biden and stepmom to Hunter and the late Beau Biden. At a launch party for Ashley’s new philanthropic clothing line, Livelihood, her mom spoke about empowering young women. “I think the most important thing as a mom, and also a teacher, is to give kids confidence,” she told PopSugar. “And I tried that with Ashley because confidence is very important — especially for women. Girls need to be strong because they have to keep it together and handle a lot more responsibilities right now.” Dr. Biden, who is an author and college professor, offered some tangible advice to parents. “I think it’s about positive reinforcement every single day, and I suggest that to moms, as a mom,” she said, crediting her husband, former Vice President Joe Biden, for his commitment to this practice.  function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible ...
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Joe And Jill Biden Introduce Their New Charitable Organization
Huffington Post - 19 days
Former Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden introduced their new charitable organization, The Biden Foundation, in a YouTube video posted Wednesday. The foundation will help continue the work the Bidens have done over the years, including supporting military families, increasing access to education and fighting for victims of sexual assault. The foundation will also continue Biden’s work on cancer research, which he’s focused on since his son Beau died of brain cancer in 2015. “I’m going to devote the rest of my life to working on this, and I think we’re perilously close to making some gigantic progress,” Biden said of cancer research in October 2016. In a statement Wednesday, the Bidens called themselves “lucky” to be able to continue their work. “We look forward to this new chapter where we will continue our work to ensure that everyone — no matter their income level, race, gender, age or sexuality — is treated with dignity and gets a fair shot at ...
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WATCH: Dr Jill Biden Joins VP Biden to Talk Transition, Relationship With VP-Elect Mike Pence
ABC News - about 1 month
The Second Lady of the United States joined Vice President Biden on "The View."
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Michelle Obama and Jill Biden Confirm: Their Husbands' Bromance Is Real
Yahoo News - 2 months
In uplifting news today, we officially have confirmation that Barack Obama and Joe Biden's bromance the real deal, coming from the only source that truly matters: their wives. Michelle Obama and Jill Biden sat down with People, to discuss the past eight years they've spent in the White House together, and of course the topic of their husbands' viral friendship came up. "That has become a truly beautiful friendship, and I don't think we've seen a lot of that, especially in politics,&qu
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6 Times Michelle Obama Stood Up For Mental Health
Huffington Post - 3 months
During her White House tenure,Michelle Obama has made sure everyone knew her stance on mental health. Not only did she launch initiatives supporting those with mental health conditions, she also freely encouraged the nation to discuss and seek help for any psychological health issues, reducing stigma against these conditions along the way. Below are just some of the ways Obama advocated for change and shattered the stigma surrounding mental illness. 1. The time she spoke out for children’s mental health. Adults aren’t the only ones who experience mental health conditions ― something Obama was adamant in pointing out. Supporting the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s effort to bring more awareness to children’s mental health, the first lady wrote a moving essay about the importance of parental involvement in kids’ emotional wellbeing. “We need to learn to identify the signs of mental-health issues. We need to have the courage to reach out and have tough conversations wi ...
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We Must Stand Up for the Nation's Veterans - All Year Long and with Everything They Need
Huffington Post - 3 months
On Veterans Day, veterans' accomplishments and challenges are in the spotlight. But those who work with our veterans, day in and day out, know they need much more than a single day of recognition. Our veterans and their families experience a myriad of challenges and opportunities as they transition from military to civilian life. Whether a service member met direct combat or processed re-enlistment packages, he or she can struggle to translate the important skills and training received in the armed services to the civilian employment landscape. In fact, a 2013 study by Military Benefit Association, in conjunction with MetLife, found 79 percent of veterans who were unemployed and who have recently separated feel it is at least somewhat difficult to translate their military skills into something a civilian hiring manger can understand. This, coupled with the increased rates of mental health issues, substance abuse and homelessness, can make it especially difficult for veterans to ...
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Election day 2016 live updates: As polls open, Clinton casts historic vote for herself - Los Angeles Times
Google News - 3 months
Los Angeles Times Election day 2016 live updates: As polls open, Clinton casts historic vote for herself Los Angeles Times Joe Biden cast his vote early Tuesday morning with his wife, Jill Biden, in their hometown of Wilmington, Del. Taking selfies and greeting other voters at the polls, the vice president told people it's a beautiful day to get out and cast their ballots ... The day North Carolina became the center of the political universePolitico The Latest: Kaine casts vote, sticks to Tuesday routineWashington Post Tim Kaine, Joe Biden Rally for Hillary Clinton in VirginiaU.S. News & World Report New York Daily News -Washington Times -Richmond.com -Charlotte Observer all 182 news articles »
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Gwen Stefani Hit The White House In A Plunging Sheer Gown
Huffington Post - 4 months
National treasure Gwen Stefani never ceases to amaze us with her unpredictable style. Save for that platinum blonde hair and signature bold red lip, you never know what fabulous look she’s going to show up in next. Stefani hit it out of the park Tuesday night performing at the Obama’s final state dinner, wearing a plunging black gown with a sheer skirt and floral appliqué .   Stefani accessorized with date Blake Shelton, who joined her on stage for a duet. Shelton accessorized with an American Flag pin and some hair gel.  Follow the latest in wellness, style, travel and more. Download HuffPost’s news app. The dinner was held in honor of visiting Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his wife, Agnese Landini. Stefani, whose father is of Italian descent, performed a few songs for a crowd including President Barack and Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe and Jill Biden, Jerry Seinfeld, Giorgio Armani, James Taylor, Frank Ocean, Mario Andretti, John Turturro, a s ...
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Jill Biden, wife of U.S. vice president, arrives in Cuba
Yahoo News - 5 months
By Marc Frank HAVANA (Reuters) - Jill Biden, wife of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, arrived in Cuba on Thursday, the latest sign of the rapprochement between the Cold War foes that saw President Barack Obama and his family visit in March. Biden was greeted at Havana’s international airport by Josefina Vidal, who is leading negotiations with the United States as head of U.S. affairs at the Cuban Foreign Ministry.
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A Brief Reminder That Mike Pence Still Wants To Control Your Uterus
Huffington Post - 5 months
Indiana governor and vice presidential nominee Mike Pence calmly and disarmingly gaslit his way through 90 minutes of debating on Tuesday night. The debate centered predominantly on Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton ― after all, they are the ones who are running for president. But a VP, as Americans were reminded last night, is just a “heartbeat away from the presidency.” “A society can be judged by how it deals with its most vulnerable,” said Pence. But his record indicates that this sentiment doesn’t apply if those vulnerable people happen to be women ― especially women in need of health care or women who are not straight or women who experience pay discrimination.   As HuffPost’s Laura Bassett has previously reported, Pence has been at the forefront of the GOP’s fight to restrict women’s reproductive rights and sexual health care for years, both as a Congressman and as Indiana’s governor. And there is absolutely no reason to believe that his anti-woman views have changed.  ...
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The Daughter Of A Man Born A Slave Just Opened The First National Black History Museum
Huffington Post - 5 months
WASHINGTON ― There were plenty of powerful moments during Saturday’s dedication of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. But one stood out: The first black president and the first black first lady helping Ruth Bonner, the 99-year-old daughter of a man born a slave in Mississippi, ring a bell to open the first national museum of black history.  “Today, we have with us a family that reflects the arc of our progress: the Bonner family ― four generations in all, starting with gorgeous 7-year-old Christine and going up to gorgeous 99-year-old Ruth,” President Barack Obama said in a speech before ringing the bell. “Ruth’s father, Elijah Odom, was born into servitude in Mississippi. He was born a slave. As a young boy, he ran, though, to his freedom. He lived through Reconstruction and he lived through Jim Crow. But he went on to farm, and graduate from medical school, and gave life to the beautiful family that we see today ― with a spirit reflected in beautiful ...
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Michelle Obama Is Not Here For Your Mental Health Stigma
Huffington Post - 5 months
Got something judgmental to say about mental illness? Michelle Obama is here to set you straight. The first lady slammed the stereotypes around mental health conditions in Prevention’s October issue, telling the magazine that she doesn’t understand why there’s still shame surrounding such a common health problem.  “The stigma around talking about mental health and getting help for it just doesn’t make any sense,” she said. “This is an issue that affects us all.” Obama is absolutely right: Approximately 20 percent of American adults will experience a mental health issue in a given year. One of those issues is post-traumatic stress disorder, which often affects veterans. In 2011, the first lady teamed up with Jill Biden to launch Joining Forces, an initiative that addresses mental health care for military members and their families. “I kept meeting service members and military spouses who were hesitant to ask for help because they thought they should be able to handle it t ...
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Biden signs condolence book at Turkish embassy
Reuters.com - 8 months
U.S. Vice President and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, sign a condolence book at the Turkish Embassy in Washington after an attack at an Istanbul airport that left 41 killed. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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Prince Harry Cheers With Vice President Joe Biden, Jill Biden at Invictus Games - ABC News
Google News - 9 months
ABC News Prince Harry Cheers With Vice President Joe Biden, Jill Biden at Invictus Games ABC News Prince Harry and Vice President Joe Biden watch USA Vs Denmark in the wheelchair rugby match at the Invictus Games Orlando 2016, May 11, 2016, in Orlando, Fla. more +. 0 Shares. Email · Prince Harry was joined by two special guests Wednesday at the ... Invictus Games: Elizabeth Marks gives gold medal to Papworth HospitalBBC News Prince Harry will donate a US veteran's Invictus medal to medicsUSA TODAY Prince Harry Flaunts His GORGEOUS Smile While Watching Wheelchair Rugby With Joe Biden -- See For Yourself!PerezHilton.com Air Force Link -Today.com -People Magazine -Daily Mail all 271 news articles »
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jill Biden
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    In March 2016 she headed the official party that welcomed American astronaut Scott Kelly back to Earth from his almost full year in space.
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    During 2016, she was present with her husband on a listening tour for Cancer Moonshot 2020, an effort he was leading.
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  • 2015
    Biden continued to teach at NOVA, handling a full load of five classes during the Fall 2015 semester.
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    She was present at her husband's side in the Rose Garden on October 21, 2015, when he announced he would not run for the Democratic Party presidential nomination in the 2016 election.
    More Details Hide Details By her own account, Biden was disappointed by his decision, believing her husband was highly qualified for the position, and "would have been the best president."
    In May 2015 she suffered the death of her stepson Beau Biden from brain cancer.
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  • 2014
    In May of 2014, she gave the commencement address, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Villanova University.
    More Details Hide Details She is an alumna of the university, having earned a Masters of Arts in English.
    During the 2014 U.S. midterm Congressional elections she campaigned for a number of Democrats, including some ones in high-profile contests such as Mark Udall in Colorado and Michelle Nunn in Georgia.
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  • 2013
    She wore a silk blue gown by Vera Wang when she appeared at the inaugural balls in January 2013.
    More Details Hide Details During her second term, Biden continued to be involved with supporting military personnel, including staging multiple visits to the Center for the Intrepid rehabilitation facility for amputees and attending the inaugural Invictus Games in London.
  • 2012
    Following the re-election of Obama and her husband on November 6, 2012, Biden began a second term as second lady.
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    In the 2012 U.S. presidential election, in which her husband was running for re-election as vice president, Biden played a modest role.
    More Details Hide Details She did not cut back on her teaching schedule and made few solo campaign appearances. This reflected her continuing distaste for both politics and public speaking, even though the Obama campaign considered her valuable in connecting to military families, teachers, and women.
    In June 2012, she published a children's book, Don't Forget, God Bless Our Troops, based around her son Beau's deployment.
    More Details Hide Details The same month, the Bidens' daughter Ashley, a social worker and staffer at the Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth, and Their Families, was married.
  • 2011
    She continued to teach at NOVA, and by 2011 held a permanent position as an associate professor, teaching three English and writing composition courses two days per week.
    More Details Hide Details Her position there was as normal as she could make it, sharing a cubicle with another teacher, holding regular office hours for students, and trying to get her accompanying Secret Service agents to dress as unobtrusively as possible. Her life with her husband at Number One Observatory Circle tended towards the informal and was centered around family and their nearby grandchildren.
    In September 2011, Biden lent her support to USAID's FWD campaign, a push for awareness surrounding the deadly famine, war, and drought affecting over 13 million people in the Horn of Africa.
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    In April 2011, she and Michelle Obama founded a national initiative, Joining Forces, to showcase the needs of U.S. military families.
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  • 2010
    In August 2010, Biden appeared as herself in an episode of Lifetime's Army Wives, making it part of her campaign to raise awareness of military families.
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    In January 2010, she gave the commencement speech at the University of Delaware's winter commencement, the first such address by her at a major university.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    Biden continued teaching two English reading and writing classes at NOVA in fall 2009.
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    In June 2009, Biden gave the commencement address at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, New York, and received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the City University of New York.
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    In May 2009, Obama announced that Biden would be in charge of an initiative to raise awareness about the value of community colleges.
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    In January 2009, she began teaching two English courses as an adjunct professor at the Alexandria campus of Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), the second largest community college in the nation.
    More Details Hide Details It has been rare for Second Ladies to work while their spouses serve as Vice President, and Biden is thought to be the first Second Lady to hold a paying job while her husband is Vice President. Biden planned to be a public advocate for the importance of community colleges and to advise the Obama administration on issues related to them. In White House announcements and by her preference, she is referred to as "Dr. Jill Biden". Catherine Russell, a former adviser to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was named Biden's chief of staff for her Second Lady role. Courtney O’Donnell, a former spokesperson for Howard Dean and Elizabeth Edwards, was named her communications director and Kirsten White, a lawyer at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, her policy director. As Second Lady, Biden has a staff of eight overall and occupies a corner suite in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.
  • 2008
    Throughout the time her husband was running for vice president, Jill Biden continued to teach four days a week at Delaware Technical & Community College during the fall 2008 semester, and then campaigned over the long weekend, while grading class papers on the campaign bus.
    More Details Hide Details Despite moving to Number One Observatory Circle (the vice presidential residence in Washington) as Second Lady of the United States, Biden intended to keep teaching at a Washington-area community college, and several of them recruited her.
    And I said to Joe, 'You've got to change this, you have to change this.'" During Joe Biden's 2008 campaign to be the Democratic nominee, she continued to teach during the week and would join him for campaigning on weekends.
    More Details Hide Details She said that she would have taken an activist role in addressing education as her chief focus of concern as a potential First Lady. She also said that she was basically apolitical and would not seek inclusion in Cabinet meetings. Once her husband was selected as the Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama's running mate, she began campaigning again. She wore a Blue Star Mothers Club pin in recognition of Beau Biden's deployment to Iraq. She was not a polished political speaker, but was able to establish a connection with the audience. She also made some joint appearances with Michelle Obama.
  • 2007
    Biden later returned to school for her doctoral degree, studying under her birth name, Jill Jacobs. In January 2007, at age 55, she received a Doctor of Education in educational leadership from the University of Delaware.
    More Details Hide Details Her dissertation, Student Retention at the Community College: Meeting Students' Needs, was published under the name Jill Jacobs-Biden.
    In 2007, Biden helped found Book Buddies, which provides books for low-income children, and has been very active in Delaware Boots on the Ground, an organization that supports military families.
    More Details Hide Details She runs five miles, five times a week, and she has run in the Marine Corps Marathon.
  • 2004
    Following George W. Bush's reelection in 2004, she urged her husband to run again for President, later saying: "I literally wore black for a week.
    More Details Hide Details I just could not believe that he won, because I felt that things were already so bad. I was so against the War.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1993
    Biden is president of the Biden Breast Health Initiative, a nonprofit organization begun in 1993 that provides educational breast health awareness programs free of charge to schools and other groups in the state of Delaware.
    More Details Hide Details In the following 15 years, the organization informed more than 7,000 high school girls about proper breast health.
    From 1993 through 2008, Biden was an instructor at the Stanton/Wilmington campus of Delaware Technical & Community College, where she taught English composition and remedial writing, with an emphasis on instilling confidence in students.
    More Details Hide Details She has said of teaching at a community college, "I feel like I can make a greater difference in their lives. I just love that population. It just feels really comfortable to me. I love the women who are coming back to school and getting their degrees, because they're so focused."
  • TEENAGE
  • 1988
    During her husband's 1988 bid for the Presidency, she said she would continue her job of teaching emotionally disturbed children even if she became First Lady.
    More Details Hide Details In all, she spent 13 years teaching in public high school, including 3 years at Claymont High School.
  • 1987
    In 1987, Biden received a second Master of Arts degree, this one in English from Villanova University.
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  • 1981
    The Bidens' daughter Ashley Blazer was born on June 8, 1981, and Jill stopped working for two years while raising the three children.
    More Details Hide Details She then returned to work, teaching English, acting as a reading specialist, and teaching history to emotionally disturbed students. She taught in the adolescent program at the Rockford Center psychiatric hospital for five years in the 1980s.
    She continued to teach and then, while pregnant, received a Master of Education with a specialty in Reading from West Chester University in 1981.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1977
    She and Joe Biden were married by a Catholic priest on June 17, 1977, at the Chapel at the United Nations in New York City.
    More Details Hide Details This was four and a half years after his first wife and infant daughter died in a motor vehicle accident; Joe had proposed several times before she accepted, hesitant to take on the commitment of raising his two young sons who had survived the accident.
    She was born in Hammonton, New Jersey, and grew up in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. She married Joe Biden in 1977, and became stepmother to his two young sons from his first marriage, Beau and Hunter, whose mother and baby sister died in a car accident.
    More Details Hide Details Joe and Jill Biden have a daughter, Ashley, born in 1981. Jill Biden has a bachelor's degree from the University of Delaware, master's degrees from West Chester University and Villanova University, and a doctoral degree from the University of Delaware. She taught English and reading in high schools for 13 years, and also taught adolescents with emotional disabilities at a psychiatric hospital. From 1993 to 2008, she was an English and writing instructor at Delaware Technical & Community College. Since 2009, she has been a professor of English at Northern Virginia Community College and is thought to be the first Second Lady to hold a paying job while her husband is Vice President. She is the founder of the Biden Breast Health Initiative non-profit organization, co-founder of the Book Buddies program, is active in Delaware Boots on the Ground, and is co-founder of Joining Forces with First Lady Michelle Obama.
  • 1976
    Meanwhile, she was going through turbulent divorce proceedings with Stevenson; the court case ended in 1976, with her not getting the half-share in the Stone Balloon she had wanted.
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  • 1975
    She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Delaware later in 1975.
    More Details Hide Details She began her career teaching high school English.
    Subsequently, she returned to college and met Senator Joe Biden as a senior at Delaware in March 1975.
    More Details Hide Details They met on a blind date set up by Joe's brother, though Biden had seen her photograph in a local advertisement.
  • 1970
    Jacobs enrolled in a junior college in Pennsylvania to study fashion merchandising, but soon found it unsatisfying. She married Bill Stevenson, a former college football player, in February 1970.
    More Details Hide Details Within a couple of years he opened the Stone Balloon in Newark, Delaware, near the University of Delaware. It became one of the most successful college bars in the nation. She enrolled at the University of Delaware, where she declared English as her major. She then took a year off from college and did some modelling work for a local agency in Wilmington. She and Stevenson drifted apart.
  • 1969
    She graduated in 1969.
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  • OTHER
  • 1951
    Born on June 3, 1951.
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