By Roadtrip Nation

Jill Biden


My road in life took a while to figure out.
I attended community college in Pennsylvania with the goal of studying fashion merchandising, but I discovered that I didn’t really like it, so I dropped out.
Got married to my first husband and we both attended the University of Delaware together—by our junior year, we decided to divorce, and I took a break from school.
Started doing some modeling work to make some money and returned to school a year later to earn my bachelor’s degree in English.
Met and married Senator Joe Biden—I also began teaching high school English and even spent five years working in a psychiatric hospital teaching adolescents with emotional disabilities.
During this time, I earned a master’s degree in education from West Chester University and a master’s degree in English from Villanova University.
Began teaching at Delaware Technical and Community College and later received my doctoral degree in education from the University of Delaware.
Served as the Second Lady of the United States of America from 2008-2017 and launched initiatives supporting education, military families, and women’s rights alongside First Lady Michelle Obama.
I’m also the founder / co-founder of several nonprofit initiatives including the Biden Breast Health Initiative, the Book Buddies program, the Biden Foundation, and Joining Forces with Michelle Obama.
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Former Second Lady of the United States of America

I am an educator and the former Second Lady of the United States of America.

Career Roadmap

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Helping People

Advice for Getting Started

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The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"You shouldn't keep teaching if your husband becomes Vice President."

Challenges I Overcame

Working Parent
Death and Loss