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Adopting the Surname after Marriage: Let Women Make Their Own Choices

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The issue of changing names is a century old tradition. According to Sarah Rainey, this tradition has existed for many years. In many cultures, women were considered responsibilities of men (Rainey, 2013). For example, a woman surname was a sure indication of the man who ?owned' her. After marriage and satisfaction of all customary requirements, the woman adopted the name of her husband to show that she belonged to him. This is the same principle behind the naming of children (Rainey, 2013). They adopt the last names of their farther to show belonging.

Heather Long proposes that things are beginning to change (Long, 2013). For example, she gives the illustration of the Greek law. In the country, the law requires a wife to keep her maiden name after marriage. The law, passed in 1983, was part of the Greek revolution that sought to empower women. This alone implies that changing the maiden names for women in not healthy because it is an act of submission.

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