A missing umbrella is no big deal until it rains. An executive panel full of male faces may be accepted without a second thought, until someone has the audacity to question the absence of diverse voices.
Unintentional bias is like that. It’s a part of our culture that feels so comfortable that we tend not to notice. It becomes engrained in our social norms, so that non-normative items or individuals are overlooked, dismissed or somehow seen as lacking.
The Fall 2015 issue of Waterloo Magazine is part of a growing wave of initiatives aimed at changing and challenging norms that have for too long excluded more than half of the population.