Jul 08, 2013
By Jane Brown
Women who get married later in life are embracing the tradition of taking their husband’s last name. A new study carried out by facebook found close to 9 in 10 women in their 60’s took on their spouse’s surname, while 7 in 10 did in their 30’s and 6 in 10 women in their 20’s took their husband’s name. Lead researcher Rachel Thwaites of Britain’s University of York says women who resist the pressure to take their husband’s names are often doing so as a feminist decision or a move for equality in their relationship. She says the norm of name changing is still prevalent and there remains cultural and social pressure on women to change names.