Facebook Study Finds More Women Are Keeping Their Maiden Names
5:30 pm, July 8th | by Colette McIntyre
According to a new study by Facebook, an increasing number of brides, particularly young ones, are electing to keep their maiden names in their post-down-the-aisle lives.
Facebook compiled the names of women whose relationship statuses were entered as “Married” and compared these names with the names of their husbands. The site found that about a third of married women in their twenties have kept their maiden names, with 4 percent choosing to sport hyphenated surnames. Only 20 percent of married women in their thirties have kept their maiden names while, for women in their sixties, the figure is a mere 9 percent. The study also found that women who choose to take their husband’s names are concerned about confusing their children with different surnames.
Unlike The Telegraph‘s researchers, we’re not willing to call this battle in favor of feminism since we’re not sure that these women were entirely compelled by feminism (since, you know, what’s in a name? a lot) but we’re all for women questioning, challenging, and standing strong against “tradition.” Women shouldn’t have to automatically accept their husband’s last name because of cultural and societal pressures — but we’re not arguing that accepting your husband’s last name makes you less of a feminist. Just do what you want to do because you want to do it, ladies. That is all we ask.