What's in a name

More married women are keeping their maiden names

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According to a new analysis by The New York Times blog “The Upshot,” married women are opting to keep their maiden names more now than ever before. An estimated 20 percent of women married in recent years have chosen to keep their maiden names, a number that’s up from the 1980s and 1990s, when it declined and even up from the 1970s, when the practice began gaining popularity. But the reasons women are keeping their maiden names aren’t political or symbolic of independence anymore, the analysis found. Some explanations are socioeconomic: more women are graduating college than ever before; and others are simply practical: As one woman put it, “I’m Asian and he’s not, so it’s less confusing for me to not have a white name. And on social media I thought it might be harder to find me.”

Read the full story at The New York Times.


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