US First Lady Jill Biden “loves to work”.
US President Joe Biden’s wife – who retains her teaching job as an English professor at Northern Virginia Community College – enjoys being the first wife of a sitting president in living memory to have a job in outside of politics.
The 70-year-old educator told Harper’s Bazaar, “I’m a woman who likes to work.”
Jill explained that her desire to maintain her independence from White House affairs and her understanding of “a woman’s need to have something for herself” stems from being a young divorced in the 1970s after her split from college sweetheart Bill Stevenson.
After explaining how she supported herself financially while finishing her studies, Jill said, “I understand a woman’s need to have something for herself.”
Jill – has daughter Ashley, 40, with her husband Commander-in-Chief, as well as stepsons Hunter and Beau, who died in 2015 – said: “I believed so much in the institution of marriage. When marriage broke down fell apart, I fell hard because of it. And for him to turn out to be what he was…”
“I knew I would never put myself in that position again – where I didn’t feel like I had the finances to be alone, that I had to get the money through a divorce settlement. J I repeated this to Ashley: Be independent, be independent. And my granddaughters, you have to be able to fend for yourself.”
Although she maintains her independence, Jill also enjoys working alongside her 79-year-old husband, even as they “fext”, a term they coined to describe their text fights, revealing they can become quite rude.
She recalled: “Joe said, ‘You realize this is going to go down in history. There will be a recording of that, “before I say, I won’t tell you what I called it that time.”