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Wednesday, April 22 • 11:00am - 1:00pm
What’s in a Name?

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There have been many advancements toward gender equality in recent history. In spite of these advancements, most women in heterosexual marriages continue to take their husbands’ last names upon marriage. How do women and men view post-marital name change? Our study examined whether people intend to change, or have changed, their last names upon marriage, and their perceptions about the meaning of name changes. We predicted that women would be more open to varying from traditional name change than men. Over 60 participants over the age of 18 were surveyed, both female and male; we aimed for an equal number of both genders. The survey consisted of forced choice questions as well as open-ended questions. Participants were recruited through an online survey website as well as from Facebook. We will compare responses from males and females, examining the reasons that men and women give regarding their decisions to change or not change their last names upon marriage. By looking at individuals’ attitudes towards post-marriage name changes, we can begin to formulate ideas about the connection between name changes and gender equality beliefs in today’s world.

Wednesday April 22, 2015 11:00am - 1:00pm PDT
Wilma Sherril Center Concourse

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