Support networks are important for everyone, but they don’t always come in the same form for every person. Family is perhaps the first one that comes to mind, but the definition of family is not uniform. For some, it’s biological. For others, it’s chosen. For some, it’s a mixture of the two. And for me personally, it has also been in a state of flux. When I was a child, my family was biological. Then I moved out and went to university, and my field expanded to include the people who helped me grow and supported me throughout my degree. Now I’m engaged and my biological is one is growing more to include two new nationalities and languages. One thing is clear to me: family is hardly ever linear.
Whatever its form, a family or similar support network is a huge backing for anyone seeking to thrive in whatever avenue they choose. I know I personally would never have gotten to where I am without the people I am lucky enough to have around me.
This video is a combination of definitions and images from other Make Muse team members that could represent family - what does family mean to you? After all, feminism is essentially various communities coming together for equality for everyone. In order to strengthen your own path and forge a way forward, it’s important to know where your support comes from and who is standing behind you to have your back.