I have been asked one question almost daily since I got married:
Are you going to change your last name?
There has been a movement among women, most notably in recent years, in not taking their husband's name after getting married.
What is this social stigma that pressures women into forfeiting a surname they have known since birth and adopting an entirely new surname - the surname of their man.
Long ago, women were considered the "property" of their husbands. Seriously. Two really did become one. Society, in those times, really did expect that women would take on the surname of their husband, and they would become one. The husband went to work. The wife stayed home. The husband made the money. The wife raised the children. The husband could vote. The wife could not. Eventually, women were given the right to actually speak for themselves, as ridiculous as that sounds, and even vote. Slowly, we were moving up in the world.
Then, women started questioning the reasoning behind taking their husband's last name. Was is because society expected it? And then it started to sink in that society has changed. Women were no longer property. They were, just like any man, their own person. With their own name. And why should they have to change it? Granted, no one HAS to. But it's still expected.
And I want to know why. With so many things evolving in this world, beliefs running around wildy, changing from one day to the next, why is this one belief so insisted upon?
It's my name. I have had it since the day I was born. That's almost 27 years. Why, 27 years into my life, do I have to take on a new name?