Wall Street Journal columnist Joseph Epstein sparked backlash in an op-ed on Friday when he called on soon-to-be First Lady, Dr. Jill Biden, to drop the "doctor" from her name because she isn't a medical doctor.
Dr. Biden earned a doctorate in education as well as two masters degrees. She continues to teach as a full time professor.
In his op-ed, titled Is There a Doctor in the White House? Not if You Need an M.D., Epstein—whose highest degree is a Bachelor of Arts—seems content to call Biden anything but doctor, writing:
"Madame First Lady—Mrs. Biden—Jill—kiddo: a bit of advice on what may seem like a small but I think is a not unimportant matter. Any chance you might drop the 'Dr.' before your name? 'Dr. Jill Biden' sounds and feels fraudulent, not to say a touch comic."
Epstein's tone generated immediate backlash.
In an indirect rebuke of the op-ed, Biden—whose Twitter handle is @DrBiden—pushed back against the disproportionate scrutiny from men toward the accomplishments of women.
Dr. Biden wrote:
"Together, we will build a world where the accomplishments of our daughters will be celebrated, rather than diminished."
Twitter users commended Dr. Biden's response.
Nevertheless, some conservative Twitter users continued to belittle her credentials.
Dr. Biden is undeterred, making expanded education access and free community college key parts of her platform as First Lady.