Defined by Marriage

9 Dec

A woman keeping her last name is not radical but makes a statement of being true to herself.

signature(1)“A wife should no more take her husbands name than he should hers. My name is my identity and must not be lost.” Lucy Stone was the first woman in the United States to refuse to take her husband’s last name. Although her idea was in the 1800s, American women have not come a long way since then.

A person’s name is not only their label, but it defines who they are. The value of a person’s name is respected in the majority of cultures. In China, parents hope for a baby boy in order to carry on the family’s name. As for India they treasure their names in respect of their ancestors. Unfortunately American society disregards a woman’s name.

Women’s identity is determined not by her accomplishments or career but she is defined by marriage. Once she makes the decision to utter the words “I do,” she is no longer referred to as her own person, but her husband defines her.

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