The only other people named Sheila in Australia will be much older women originally from the UK, Ireland and elsewhere — migrants from another era. But I digress. Traditionally speaking, Arabic women keep their surnames, as do Chinese, Greek, Italian etc. Sheila Pham is a writer, editor and storyteller. She is currently undertaking postgraduate studies in bioethics. View all posts by Sheila Pham.
Why so many women still take their husband’s last name
Changing back to your maiden name after separation or divorce - Family and Matrimonial - Australia
Updated April 26, More than 80 per cent of women take their husband's name after marriage, while debate continues over whether the tradition is sexist, a Flinders University professor in Adelaide says. Head of women's studies Associate Professor Yvonne Corcoran-Nantes said as well as most women taking their husband's name after marriage, up to 96 per cent of children were given their father's name. Professor Corcoran-Nantes, who has been researching the topic for several years, said the tradition dated back to a time when women were only seen as property. She said while most married women in Australia were happy to take their husband's name, most men were completely against adopting their wives' names. While the tradition is still strong in Australia, Professor Corcoran-Nantes said in many other countries it was illegal for a woman to change her name, even after marriage. She said in France, since the 18th century women must continue to use whatever name is given to them at birth.
Why I’m keeping my Vietnamese surname when I marry
More and more women are keeping their maiden names these days, which doesn't seem surprising until you learn that this number has been on the decline for a while. According to an analysis by The Upshot based on a Google Consumer Survey , 17 percent of women kept their last names in the '70s, compared to 14 percent in the '80s and 18 percent in the '90s. According to another analysis by The New York Times based on its wedding announcements, the number hit a low of
We first met Hua on the return flight of our trip to China [ click here ] and, since they came to Britain, Zhihao and Hua have become as close as family. Each time we meet, we find ourselves comparing and contrasting British and Chinese cultures. Zhihao became particularly fascinated by the use of personal names in our two societies.