Education has long been a field dominated by men, but teachingis a profession spearheaded by women. By the year 2020 it is projected that there will be 3.5 million K-12 public school teachers. If trends continue, 75% of those teachers will be women. It is also projected that in 2020, 37% of women in the United States will be of color, yet only 8% of female teachers will be ethnic minorities. Similarly in higher education, just under 50% of full time faculty are women but less than 8% are women of color.
This begs the question: why in a profession with a critical mass of women are so few of them of color?