Universities Are Not Preparing Educated Women for the Sexism That Greets Them After Graduation

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In the storm surrounding highly educated women, I was reminded of my own career trajectory and that of my female colleagues, and the ways by which our professional experiences have been blighted by sexism and sexists.

Dr. Jill Biden at the National Education Association Representative Assembly in Houston on July 5, 2019. (Adam Schultz / Biden for President)

When writer Joe Epstein mocked Dr. Jill Biden’s educational credentials last month, the backlash was swift and predictable. The Internet unearthed his intellectual history and reputation as a problematic lecturer; his former employer, Northwestern University, even scrubbed their website clean of their affiliation, citing his views as unmerited and misogynistic. I followed the story with lukewarm interest—there’s nothing new about a mediocre white man’s propensity for diminishing accomplishments to which he…

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