The Color of Teaching

An  article by Manya Whitaker (pictured) to follow-up on our awesome graduate school workshop from last week with Dr. Cariago-Lo, and why academia (and education) needs you!

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?



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