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  1. Introduction
  2. Background information
  3. Argumentation
  4. Problems associated with different last names
  5. Advantages of keeping last names
  6. Conclusion

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.

[...] (2013, October 6). Should women change their names after marriage? Consider the Greek way. [...]

[...] For example, Heather Long proposes that successful women do not change their names after marriage tend to be more successful than women who adopt the names of their husbands (Long, 2013). For example, she gives the example of successful actresses and top professional who opted t retain their maiden names after marriage because it is representative of a sense of self preservation. Therefore, keeping a maiden name may be a symbol of women preserving their identity (Seheuble et al., 2000). [...]

[...] Adopting the Surname after Marriage: Let Women Make Their Own Choices Introduction The issue of women adopting the names of their husband has been subjected to intense debates in recent times (Rainey, 2013). This debate emanates from the trends of equality, empowerment and the rise of the rise of the professional woman. Some sources propose that women should adopt their surname while others question the failure of governments to follow in the example of Greece where the law requires women to keep their name after marriage. [...]

[...] Retaining their names empowers them to make their own choices and for these choices to be respected. In this regard, the social pressure involved in compelling women to change their names should be lifted (Noack & Wiik, 20008). The aspect of woman retaining their identity is also an advantage. For example, successful women are known by certain names. Changing them may have a negative effect on their identity and thus spoil identities that took years to build. It is for this reason that celebrities prefer to keep their names after marriage, or to have aliases. [...]

[...] For example, in the Middle East, the women are expected to follow the rules set by their husband as if they are the law. One aspect of empowerment is to give women the opportunity to decide what they want (Rampersad, 2006). Therefore, this paper rejects the view adopted by Long that failure of the legal systems to imitate the Greek system represents lack of social progress (Long, 2013). Since women are not prohibited from keeping their names, the system is okay. [...]

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